8 Fake Foods You Eat Every Day That Are Slowly Killing You

8 Fake Foods You Eat Every Day That Are Slowly Killing You

July 31, 2019 51 By William Morgan


The food industry, like any capitalist industry,
is all about cutting costs and increasing
profit to the highest it can be.
Most of us know that, and most of us know
that those mass-produced foods we buy every
week might not be completely organic.
In fact, the food industry now labels their
organic food with helpful little green stickers.
What does that say about the things we consume?
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So, what do you do if you want to be more
aware of which foods are fake?
Watch this video, and do some more research
of your own!
Knowledge is power after all.
8.
Maple syrup.
Maple syrup is delicious, and a staple to
any home breakfast!
But did you know that the process of collecting
maple syrup is actually pretty complicated?
It’s also entirely dependent on the seasons.
Maple syrup producers obtain their product
by tapping into trees and collecting the sap
inside.
The truth is, most big brand maple syrups
are actually not made of maple syrup at all.
A quick look at the ingredients on the bottle
will show you that it’s 100% high fructose
corn syrup and caramel coloring.
Did you know 99% of wasabi available in restaurants
in the United states is Fake?
Keep watching till the end to learn more.
7.
Olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil is not only good for
your health and palate, it’s also a rarity
in places where olives don’t naturally grow
from the earth.
Because it’s so hard to regulate imported
products, American companies that buy olive
oil from abroad trust the labels.
Most of the time, the EVOO you see in stores
is diluted with peanut or soybean oil.
6.
Rice.
Although you don’t have to worry about this
if you live in North America and buy from
trusted brands, if you live in China or Nigeria
you have to be more careful.
Recent reports have shown that contaminated
rice has been making the rounds in those two
countries, promoting health concerns in the
population.
However, artificial rice does exist.
According to Wikipedia, this kind of artificial
rice is made of non-rice cereals, and is fortified
with iron, zinc and vitamins.
There are machines that push this mixture
out into the shape of the little pellets that
we know as rice.
5.
Powdered instant coffee.
Not to point any fingers at any specific brand,
but research has shown that pre-ground coffee
bought at the store is littered with non-coffee
ingredients.
According to Larry Olmsted, a food writer,
some common ingredients found blending in
with the coffee powder includes “cereals,
caramel, parchment, starch, malt, and figs.”
4.
Tea.
It seems that none of our favorite caffeinated
drinks are safe.
If you’ve noticed a difference between your
regular bag of tea and loose leaf tea and
couldn’t put your finger on why that was,
this might be the reason.
As it turns out, and once again without pointing
fingers at anyone in particular, research
has found that some manufacturers added sawdust
and non-tea leaves to maximize profits.
3.
Sushi.
The seafood used in your sushi might not be
entirely what you think it is.
This is especially true if you live away from
the coasts where the fish are taken from.
A study by environmental group Oceana found
that 94% of tuna used in sushi in New York
City restaurants wasn’t tuna.
Instead, it was found to be a type of fish
called escolar.
The same study also found that 74% of the
fish that is sold at sushi restaurants all
across the United States is mislabeled.
So what does this mean, exactly?
It means that when you order sushi, you may
not even be eating the type of fish that you
ordered!
The study, which was completed in 2013, found
that there are 4 types of sushi you should
be weary about ordering.
These include: wild salmon, Alaskan or Pacific
Salmon, White tuna, and red snapper.
2.
Crab.
Speaking of sushi ingredients, unless you
live close to a hotbed of crabs, chances are
you’re eating the imitation kind.
Business Insider states that imitation crab
is not as nutritious as real crab, and that
the main ingredient in imitation crab is a
type of fish paste which is called surimi.
Surimi is made from pollock fish with added
flavors like egg white, starch, sugar, and
crab flavoring.
Imitation crab is made by pulverizing white
fish and binding it with all of these ingredients.
So if you’re allergic to those things and
go for sushi, be careful.
1.
Wasabi.
If you thought we were done with sushi restaurants,
well, brace yourself.
Real wasabi is made out of a rhizome that
is extremely expensive.
It’s also very delicate to handle.
The truth is, because the original ingredient
in wasabi is so expensive and delicate to
handle, it’s most likely that the wasabi
you’re eating at a restaurant is a mix of
horseradish, mustard flour and green dye.
The Washington Post reports that roughly 99
percent of all wasabi which is sold in the
United States is fake.
In fact, experts estimate that 95 percent
of wasabi that is sold in Japan could be fake.
This is because wasabi is not only difficult
to grow, but it is also extremely expensive.
According to BBC, it costs a whopping $160
per kilogram!
Real wasabi is made from the stem of a plant.
The stem is grated and pulverized into a paste.
The reason horseradish is used as an imitation
is because it has a very similar chemical
structure to wasabi which gives it its spicy
taste.
Now that you know about the top 8 fake foods
that we are eating everyday, here are some
healthy alternatives to our favorite restaurant
dishes that you can order at restaurants!
Soup: Lots of restaurants tend to serve soups
that are extremely creamy and high in calories.
Avoid soups like broccoli and cheese soup,
which tends to focus more on cheese and cream.
You should also try avoiding clam chowder,
instant ramen, and lobster bisque.
Livestrong.com states that some of the best
and healthiest meals to order at restaurants
are soups – but not just any type of soups!
Livestrong suggests starting your meal with
a cup of minestrone soup, which is a vegetable
and bean soup that carries lots of fiber.
This can help you feel more full.
Some other healthy soup alternatives are chicken
noodle soup, black eyed pea soup, and butternut
squash soup.
Burger: Burgers are some of the most popular
foods to order at restaurants, but they are
often extremely high in calories.
If you’re considering eating a burger at a
restaurant, try to opt for a healthy alternative.
Consider a turkey burger in a lettuce bun
or on top of a salad.
You can also always opt for a veggie burger
on a salad.
Try to avoid cheese and mayonnaise, and consider
eating the burger open-faced by removing the
top of the bun.
Sandwich: Sandwiches may seem like healthy
alternatives to things like burgers or pasta,
but some sandwiches can be just as high in
calories as burgers or other entrees.
When ordering a sandwich at a restaurant,
consider a BLT on whole wheat toast.
The calorie count for a BLT is low as long
as you don’t over do it with the bacon.
Ask for a small amount of mayo, or even light
mayo.
You can also opt out of using mayo to cut
even more calories.
As a side, instead of fries, consider ordering
a side of veggies or even fruit.
Pizza: Pizza doesn’t always have to be unhealthy!
There are all sorts of different things you
can do to a pizza to make it healthy and high
in nutritional value.
When ordering a pizza, opt for a thin crust,
and ask for half the cheese.
Skip out on the high calorie meat toppings
and try choosing grilled chicken or any other
type of lean protein.
To cut even more calories, you can ask for
more veggies, extra mushrooms, and a dash
of oregano to add that extra flavor.
Try ordering a salad beforehand so that you
are filled up a little before the meal.
Remember, healthy doesn’t always have to
be boring!
If you are weary about ordering some of your
favorite foods because of their high-calorie
content and poor nutritional value, consider
healthy alternatives.
All it takes is a few adjustments.
If you’re on a diet and are scared of ordering
foods at restaurants because they don’t
fit your dietary goals, then consider the
alternatives in this video!
So, what do you think?
What are some ways you make sure that you
are eating healthy?
Let us know in the comments section below!