13 Fake Foods You Could Be Eating Every Day and How to Recognize Them

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Counterfeit food is a very profitable business. The total amount of counterfeit goods in today’s market is valued at over $653 billion per year, and this is just in the United States. Even the most regular food can be fake and you may be surprised by the quality of what you find in the package.

In most cases, it’s pretty easy to recognize a fake. I care about your health and suggests that you read about these foods that are very often counterfeited.

13 Fake Foods You Could Be Buying Every Day and How to Recognize Them

According to China’s Health Ministry, fake eggs contain a lot of harmful ingredients such as benzoic acid, sodium alginate, and many others. So, pretty much any part of an egg can be fake (both the eggshell and the yolk). Even though this problem is mostly present in Asian countries, it’s still a good idea to be careful when buying eggs.

How to avoid buying a fake?

  • Fake eggs have very rough shells. They are usually way larger than real ones. If the shell seems fine, then pay attention to the yolk. If it is too yellow, the egg may be fake.

2. Green peas

13 Fake Foods You Could Be Buying Every Day and How to Recognize Them

Green peas are not as simple as they might seem — they are often counterfeited. Fake peas are a combination of soybeans, snow peas, colorants, and sodium metabisulfite. Sodium metabisulfite is prohibited in many countries because of the high risk of the development of cancer and metabolism issues.

How to avoid buying a fake?

  • Buy green peas from the manufacturers you know. They should point to the region of production. If the color is too green to be real, this means there is some colorant in the product.

3. Noodles

13 Fake Foods You Could Be Buying Every Day and How to Recognize Them

In 2010, it was discovered that large amounts of fake noodles are produced in China. They are made with rotten grain and poisonous additives. Some are even made of plastic! The thing is, tasty sauces that fast food places make hide the taste flaws, but if you tried these noodles without any sauce, you would be able to tell that they are fake right away.

How to avoid buying a fake?

  • Obviously, avoid fast food noodles.

4. Apples

13 Fake Foods You Could Be Buying Every Day and How to Recognize Them

Surprisingly, even apples can be fake. Well, the apples themselves are real, but the additives injected into them can be dangerous. They are grown with chemicals that make them look too good to be true. And also, they are waxed to extend their shelf life, so it is harmful to your health to eat them.

How to avoid buying a fake?

  • The apples that look too shiny, too green, and too round, are most likely fake. Buy apples that don’t look as if they were photoshopped.

5. Cod fish

13 Fake Foods You Could Be Buying Every Day and How to Recognize Them

Researchers from University College Dublin found that 90% of smoked cod fish was mislabeled and was, in fact, a completely different species. Funnily enough, the researchers don’t know why this mistake occurs or who is responsible. Most likely, the fish are misidentified as cod in the very first stages — in the harbor.

How to avoid buying a fake?

  • There is no reliable way to tell cod from other species unless you are an expert.

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