This might be disappointing, but the food you see, buy, and consume is not what you think it is.
It’s even worse when it comes to commonly used goodies. However, you can easily avoid the fraudsters’ tricks.
Check out these 7 most frequently faked foods and how to avoid them
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1- Ground Coffee
Ground coffee is a widely faked food by many companies in order to lower the production costs.
It may consist of soybeans, wheat, and roasted and chopped barley. Some manufacturers may even add ground wood.
The best way to protect yourself and enjoy real coffee is by purchasing coffee beans and grinding them at home.
2- Olive Oil
If you think that the more expensive olive oil is, the better will be its quality, think again.
In many cases, when bringing home a bottle of costly olive oil, you may have bought nothing but a cheaper soy, palm, or corn oil.
An effective way to know if it’s real is by pouring some oil into a glass and then place in the fridge. If it forms a sediment, then it’s real.
3- Pomegranate Juice
This juice is often mixed with cheaper apple juice or just water, even though the details on the label indicate that the bottle includes one hundred percent pomegranate and cranberry juice.
You should always pay close attention to the ingredients of this kind of beverage, as well as to the juice proportion.
4- Parmesan Cheese
This is one of the most popular fake foods in the market.
A good combination of multiple cheaper kinds of cheese may often be sold as Parmesan cheese, and some producers may even include up to 10% of wooden shavings into this dairy product.
You can avoid the fake versions through buying the entire wheel, and don’t forget to carefully read the ingredients on the label before paying.
Unfortunately, the yummy sushis are also being faked and that pinkish slice on the roll is less likely to be salmon.
Mostly, when you order sushi and rolls with a specific kind of fish, you get a cheaper alternative that can sometimes even be a colored variant.
To protect yourself from eating fake varieties and to benefit from real fish, you should order steaks instead.
Fake honey is often made of various syrups in addition to high fructose contents.
The human imagination used into faking honey is limitless, and so are the techniques to spot it.
There are many ways to spot the fake varieties, such as the thumb, water, flame, and paper tests.
For example, by putting a small drop of honey on your thumb, the pure version will stay intact and will neither spread or spill.
Or you can try adding a tablespoon of honey into a glass of water, while the fake one will quickly dissolve around the glass, the pure one will rather settle at the bottom of the glass.
Also, by dipping a dry matchstick into pure honey and then light it up, you’ll notice that the flame will keep burning off the honey, if it didn’t, it’s fake (due to moisture impurities).
Natural honey doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge and will last almost forever.
This is probably the most dangerous of all fake foods.
Fake rice can be made from a weird combination of starch and plastic! The grains look like rice, smell like rice, and are even sprayed with a special flavoring to taste like rice.
You can spot fake rice due to its inability to sink in water and the way it burns like plastic. You should also pay attention to the manufacturer while shopping and make sure to choose only trusted and tested brands.
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