FOOD FRAUD- BE AWARE!!
FOOD FRAUD- BE AWARE!!
I thought I would do another 21 days of health. I will be doing this with 2 new people so that you can have new information. To start I wanted to talk about food fraud after the picture I posted on honey.
It is sad that manufactures are adding fillers, coloring and diluting things ILLEGALLY, to lower their cost but unfortunately they are not passing that on to you but making you believe that you are getting what is listed.
According to United States Pharmacopeial Convention (FoodFraud.org.) 800 new foods have been added to the list. These ingredients are very difficult to detect and most people would have not clue.
Here are some of the top foods that have been tampered with.
OLIVE OIL- Why you buy extra virgin olive oil you expect to have this. Many times it has been cut with hazelnut oil, and if you are a person with nut allergies, this could be a visit to the ER. Vegetable oil, palm oil, soybean oil are a few others that are used to dilute this expensive oil.
MILK- This was really interesting. Milk can have other animals milk like buffalo, goat, sheep and a few others. I guess many could live with that but they also add what is called “FAKE MILK”. This consists of these ingredients, oil, urea, detergent, caustic soda, sugar, salt, and skim milk powder.
HONEY- see the picture below. It lists several things like high fructose corn syrup and such.
ORANGE JUICE- not only has it been watered down and been know to have various fungicides that are illegal, but they have found lemon, grapefruit, beet sugar and of course high fructose corn syrup. If you want real orange juice, squeeze your own.
COFFEE- This one was interesting. Researchers have found all kind of things in coffee, from twigs to parchment. Chicory has been found in coffee but that has some health benefits. It should be listed though and that is the problem. If you are a coffee drinker it is best to grind your own beans so you know exactly what you are getting.
APPLE JUICE- with this many times they will add other things like other juices or raisin sweetener. In fact many juices have clouding agents added to make them look fresh. Don’t be deceived and probably best to avoid.
TEA- This one blew me away. They add sawdust that has had coloring added to it. Many different pollutants have been found in tea. Try and find brands you know you can trust.
FISH- Yes you read that right fish!! Fish that was labeled white tuna and butter fish was found by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. Escolar is what this fish is known as and has been banned in Italy and Japan. It has a high rate of food poisoning.
As you can see what you see isn’t what you always get. Be careful what you buy.