1. Plastic Rice. Plastic Rice. Yes, I said that twice just in case you are like me and had
trouble wrapping your head around it the first time. Chinese authorities have been making seizures of fake rice that consists of a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and an industrial resin. The giveaway is that it stays a bit hard when cooked and is difficult to digest. Hmm… do ya think!?
2. Garlic. In 2015 we imported 138 million pounds of garlic- a fair chunk of it labeled as “organic”. Chinese garlic is bleached with a chemical broth that stops sprouting and then is often disinfected with methyl bromide- a known toxin that causes respiratory and central nervous system damage. (The disinfecting is down to kill pathogens in the raw sewage used to grow the garlic) Be aware, foreign “organic” labels are meaningless.
Garlic grown in the U.S. will have some roots left on the bottom and are generally larger than Chinese bulbs. The root factor is often touted as telltale, but it can be misleading as many U.S. growers also remove the roots to prevent molding. In the long run, it is better off to go by a brand name that clearly labels the product as being grown domestically.
3. Salt. Imported Chinese salt may contain industrial salt. Industrial salt increases cardiac risk and can be easily mixed with table salt. There is no iodine in industrial salt and it can cause hypothyroid swelling and mental impairment. Edible salt is 10 times more expensive than industrial salt, making counterfeiting extremely profitable.
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