As so much information has been spread across the media about a troubling lack of standards in China’s food industry, food safety in China has recently received increased international media scrutiny.
You’ve probably heard about some of the more commonly debated incidents, such as plastic rice, imitation eggs, fruit and vegetables filled with dangerous amounts of fertilizers, preservatives, pesticides, and other chemicals showing up in China’s food sources; however, China’s food safety issues are even worse than we thought.
The five toxic Chinese foods that we describe below are just a few in an endless list of dangerous, deadly foods in China, that you should avoid by all means. Take a look!
1. Fake green peas
Fake green peas have been found in China. These fake peas were created using a combination of snow peas and soy beans, along with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that is used as bleach and as a preservative).
This dye is banned from using on produce because it may cause cancer, as well as inhibit the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium. These green peas also didn’t soften when boiled, and turned the water an unnatural green color – good warning signs to watch out for.
2. Apple Juice
Believe it or not, approximately 50% of the apple juice sold in the United States comes from China. China is the LARGEST pesticide producing country in the world, and they haven’t even begun to address pesticide or chemical residue on foods.
People are recommended to completely avoid apple juice, especially young children. Fruit juice is very rich in sugar to be drinking on a daily basis anyway, and is better for your blood sugar levels to mix it with vegetable juice.
3. Chinese Garlic
The food inspectors in the US have also found that there is toxic garlic originating from China. This garlic has been found to be overwhelmed with dangerous chemicals and pesticides (mainly methyl bromide – gives garlic its bad aftertaste) that are not safe for consumption, and should be avoided.
4. Plastic Rice
There are reports that China is now sending over rice that isn’t really rice. When cooked, it stays hard. The rice may actually be made of potato and a type of resin. Essentially, plastic rice is on the market, and this may give the GMO grain companies a run for their money as far as duping the public goes.
There are some useful ways to distinguish between the real and the plastic rice before you attempt to eat it; one of them is getting a lighter and burning a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, you have fake rice.
The last food in the list of the top five toxic Chinese foods is walnuts. In 2012, a man purchased shelled walnuts in Zhengzhou City, China, only to find broken concrete pieces inside. The concrete was wrapped in paper to prevent it from making a suspicious noise when the nut was shaken. The vendor who sold the walnuts was trying to gain more profit by selling these fake nuts that were much heavier than the real thing. Be careful when you buy!