You have probably heard the news about fake rice from China circulating on the media.  It is hard to believe that the fake rice is made out of plastic. Anyone who is at least a bit concerned about his wellbeing will agree that this is going way too far.

Ingesting even small amounts of plastic is highly detrimental for the digestive system as well as for the hormones. The chemical found in plastic, known as BPA, mimics estrogen and once BPA is ingested, this hormone increases steeply in the body.  In other words, ingesting plastic rice makes you prone to premature death as a result of breast cancer.

It is completely normal to be weary of food from China after hearing things like this. Besides the fact that the food imported from China is being shipped from the other side of the world and besides its potential exposure to contamination, what certain Chinese manufacturers are doing is absolutely terrible.  As a matter of fact, the innovative methods they use are making the food cheap and fake.

Consider the following 10 foods produced in China which are likely to contain pesticides, plastic, and cancer-causing chemicals:

  1. Industrial Salt

Even though industrial salt wasn’t initially designed for human consumption, it was sold as table salt for even 13 years. This salt is linked to series of mental and physical issues, such as reproductive system disorders and hypothyroid problems.

  1. Chinese Apple Juice

Nearly 50 percent of the apple juice sold in U.S is imported from China.  In fact, China is the largest pesticide producing country worldwide and they haven’t even begun to address chemical residue or pesticide on foods. The best would be to stay away from apple juice, for your own and your children`s sake. As any fruit juice is high in sugar content, it is recommended to combine it with vegetable juice in order to maintain proper blood sugar levels.

  1. Plastic Rice

As mentioned in the very beginning, certain Chinese manufacturers are producing fake rice. It is suspected to be a combination of fake synthetic resin and potatoes. Once boiled, this rice remains hard and it doesn’t cook and resemble the normal rice. It is believed that long-term consumption of this rice may cause cancerous effects.

  1. Green Peas

It seems absolutely unbelievable but it is true that in 2005 fake green peas were found to be produced in China. It is very likely that they are still being produced. They are basically combination of soy beans, green dye, snow peas, and a chemical used as bleach and preservative, known as sodium metabisulfite. The dye was banned to use on produce due to the fact that it is associated with development of cancer. In addition, it is believed to prevent the body from absorbing calcium. Once boiled, these green peas don’t soften and turn the water into an unusual green color. The best would be to stay away from green peas from China.

  1. Cod Fish

Cod is extremely unhealthy fish and it feeds on its own waste. It is largely farmed and China, and nearly 50 percent of cod sold in America comes from China.

  1. Tilapia Fish

Tilapia is another fish farmed in China, and it is believed to be the unhealthiest, most toxic and actually the worst type of fish you can find and purchase, due to the fact that it feeds on anything. This fish is farmed in a small pool of waste and the fish are likely to feed on their own waste. The fact that most sea-food farmers in China don’t let their children consume the fish they farm tells a lot about the fish itself. Currently, about 80 percent of the Tilapia in U.S comes from China.

  1. Chicken

The U.S Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America in 2013. However, many health experts are quite concerned about the quality of this Chicken because China is the place where food-borne illness and avian influenza are very common. Moreover, as mentioned above, China is the largest producer of pesticides worldwide and it is polluted by mass production and industry as well.

  1. Processed Mushrooms

There were tainted mushrooms from China found by U.S inspectors. Certain manufacturers in China do everything they can in order to increase their profits, even if that means labeling their mushrooms as organic. As a matter of fact, if you do a small research on the subject, you will find many “mysterious mushrooms” from China, which are completely fact. Nearly 34 percent of processed mushrooms sold in America come from China. Make sure you know the source of the mushrooms and you buy true organic produce.

  1. Mud ( Sold as Black Pepper)

Believe it or not, a vendor in China collected flour and sold it as white pepper and collected mud which was sold as black pepper!  It seems that after all, Chinese don’t have a lot of diligence in their food and safety regulatory systems. However, if we take a close look at regulatory systems in America, we can see that they are not that great too, due to the low standards.

  1. Chinese Garlic

The tainted garlic from China is sprayed with chemicals and the final product tastes more of a chemical concoction that of garlic itself. Unfortunately, 31 percent of garlic sold in America is imported from China.

To sum up, it seems that food that comes from China is some of the worst food you can find. Taking into consideration the fact China is the largest producer of pesticides than any country worldwide, the food is very likely to be filled with pesticides. As a matter of fact, China is one of the most polluted regions in the world, with more than 70 % of polluted rivers. Apart from that, the air is highly polluted as well, leaving a lot of toxins and by-products that leak into the environment.  According to a recent study, the air in Beijing is so polluted that it equals the effect of smoking 40 cigarettes on daily basis.

It is difficult to tell whether your garlic, apple juice, pepper or mushrooms are from China, so the best would be to opt for locally grown produce. Make sure you know the farmer or supplier and always ask questions about the source of the product.  Do a little research, ask questions, and google the product in the store.