Much information was spread across the media about the plastic rice that showed up in China, and still no one has done anything about it. Consuming this artificial rice can have severe consequences, starting from harm to the digestive system to damage of the hormones. When the BPA from the plastic is being ingested in the body, it imitates estrogen, and the levels of estrogen become too high. But, what’s even worse, not only plastic rice is being produced in China, but also more items and products made of this plastic which is poisonous and harmful for your health.
Here are the top 10 toxic food items made in China that are very dangerous for your health.
Processed Mushrooms- US inspectors have found tainted mushrooms from China. Some manufacturers in China go so far as to label these processed mushrooms organic to increase their profits. If you do a google search you’ll find that there are many “mystery mushrooms” in China, completely fake. 34% of processed mushrooms are from China. Do your best to know your source, buy local and true organic!
Tilapia fish- this fish is farmed in China and you need to exclude it from your diet. Hence, tilapia fish are known to eat anything and they live in a little pool of waste water. To make matters worse, seafood farmers in China don’t allow their children to eat the fish they’re producing because it’s not safe. 80% of tilapia fish sold in the USA is from China.
Cod fish– another type of fish farmed in China. Unfortunately, this fish lives in its own waste.
Garlic- The food inspectors in the US also have found that there is toxic garlic originating from China. This garlic has been found to be overwhelmed with chemicals and that is what it gives it its bad aftertaste. Even 31 percent of the garlic on the US market comes from China.
It is easy to identify garlic from China. Chinese garlic will not have roots and stems, and it has smaller bulbs that are lighter in weight. Plus, Chinese garlic does not have a strong flavor.
Chicken- In 2013 the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America. Many food safety experts are concerned with the quality of this chicken as China is a country where avian influenza and food-borne illness are common. Beyond that, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world and is polluted by not only that but mass production and industry.
Plastic rice- This rice is made of fake, artificial rice and potatoes. When it’s being cooked, this rice is remaining hard and it is not like normal, natural rice. Consuming this rice for longer time can have serious consequences to your health.
If in doubt whether the Wuchang rice you are eating is real or fake, heat the rice on the stove or grill until it burns. If the rice is real it will char and burn, and if it is fake, the plastic in it will melt and smell really bad.
When in doubt, opt for non-GMO or organic rice grown in North America.
Chinese apple juice- about 50% of all apple juice sold in the US comes from China. China has been known to use harmful pesticides on their food. Even pesticides that have been banned by their own government. Making apple juice at home from local organic apples is the best method.
Several leading research centers found high arsenic levels in juice. The arsenic levels far exceeded the FDA’s level that would prompt concern.
Arsenic intake can lead to nausea, vomiting, cough, fatigue, fever, headache, rapid heartbeat, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In fact, long-term exposure to arsenic can cause cancer in the skin, lungs, bladder and kidneys.
Industrial salt- China produces about 90 million tons of salt a year. Of that, 91 percent is nonedible industrial salts that contain heavy metals and other dangerous substances.
Though industrial salt is not supposed to reach your dining table, several Chinese manufacturers have been selling their products as table salt for some time.
Such salts contain hazardous metals like lead, arsenic, mercury or nitrites. The gradual buildup of these substances in the body contributes to nerve damage and cancer. Its high intake can also cause physical and mental health problems as well as a negative impact on reproduction and the thyroid.
These industrial salts are not just sold as table salt, but are also used to make pickled vegetables produced in Chengdu, Sichuan. In 2004, it was found that several factories in China had been using industrial-grade salt to make pickled vegetables. The pickled vegetables are even sprayed with pesticides containing high amounts of DDVP (dichlorvos), a hazardous organophosphate before exporting to other countries.
Avoid any kind of salt imported from China as well as products like pickled vegetables that contain a good amount of salt.
Green peas- Fake green peas have been found in China. These fake peas were created with snow peas, soy beans, along with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that is used as the 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 the water turned an unnatural green color.
Be careful when buying green peas. If possible, prefer local goods, especially those coming from local farmers.
Mud, sold as black pepper- One vendor in China was caught selling mud as black pepper. Although this seems like a local issue, one must always verify quality.
The food from China is some of the worst food you can get on the planet. China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world, meaning your food is most likely to be laced with pesticides. It is one of the most polluted regions in the entire world. 70% of rivers are polluted, the air is toxic and the sheer volume production of products there leaves a lot of toxic chemicals and by-products as waste that leaks into the environment.
Take this one fact, the air in Beijing China is so polluted that breathing it actually does as much damage to the lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes a day, says a new study as of 2015. From China? just avoid it.
How can you tell if your apple juice, garlic or mushrooms are from China? it’s difficult to tell. This is why we recommend shopping locally at your farmers market and getting to know your farmer or supplier.