Recent news of fake food manufactured in China has spread on the internet like wildfire.
One of the most disturbing pieces of information was the one of rice made of plastic, which has created total panic among consumers.
In reality, there’s a serious health risk of consuming even small quantities of plastic mostly due to a chemical, BPA, that’s commonly found in plastic. This substance produces similar effects to estrogen and severely affects the hormonal balance in the body. Studies have found a close link between BPA and breast cancer.
But, this is not the only fake product that comes from the Chinese market. In fact, the Chinese are continually manufacturing cheap and low-quality products putting our health at serious risk. And, it’s not only about fake food; a lot of dangerous chemicals have been found in toys, gadgets, and technology made in China.
In addition, a 2015 study found that the air in Beijing is so polluted that it causes the same damage to the lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes a day. With 70% of the rivers that are also contaminated, China has been ranked as one of the most polluted regions in the world. Taken that China is the leading world pesticide producer, it’s no wonder the food produced in this country is also full of toxic chemicals.
These are the 10 top foods that China exports:
Chinese Apple Juice
Interestingly, more than a half the apples on the American market are Chinese. As mentioned above, China is the biggest pesticide producer in the world. Unfortunately, this country still hasn’t got strict regulations concerning pesticide use on produce.
More than 31% of the US garlic import comes from China. What’s alarming is that US food inspectors have found large quantities of tainted garlic sprayed with harmful chemicals that leave a bad aftertaste.
Although the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of chicken from China in 2003, experts were still concerned about the quality of this meat as it comes from a country with high rates of avian influenza and food-borne illnesses.
More than half of the American cod comes from China. What’s disturbing is the fact that this fish is farm-raised in conditions that don’t comply with any health standards.
80% of the tilapia on American markets is imported from China. Similarly to cod, it’s farm-raised usually in small pools of waste water and fed with all kinds of dangerous waste, which makes it extremely harmful for consumption.
Discovered by chance in a Chinese village in 2005, fake green peas are still produced and exported from this country. They are made of soy beans, snow peas, green dye and sodium metabisulfite, a chemical typically used as a preservative or bleach.
The use of this dye for food has been banned in many countries due to the serious health risks it brings on. For one thing, it prevents the natural absorption of calcium in the body and possibly leads to cancer. It’s important to know that these green peas remain hard when cooked and color the water green.
Large quantities of tainted mushrooms produced in China have also been found by American food inspectors. 34% of processed mushrooms in America come from China.
And, this is not all. As there are no strict standards in China, some mushrooms are labeled organic, even though they aren’t, just to make more profit. In all, your best alternative is buying mushrooms from local, organic and tested sources.
Industrial salt has been sold as table salt despite the fact that it’s unsuitable for consumption for 13 years. Just for the record, industrial salt has been linked to physical and mental issues, reproductive issues, and hypothyroidism.
Mud (Sold As Black Pepper)
The lack of food safety regulations in China allows even the most implausible situations. Thus a market vendor was found to sell mud as black pepper, and flour as white pepper.
Made from potatoes and synthetic resin, fake rice is something the Chinese are exporting by large. This rice remains hard when boiled, and cannot be cooked as the regular rice. Its consumption has been linked to cancer.
Here is a list of other foods produced in China to avoid: AltHealthWorks.com