Fake Foods We Eat Every Day

By default, these products are considered natural by everyone, but in fact, they are most often counterfeited. Here’s a list of fake foods and easy ways to recognize them.

1. Honey

Honey? Yes HONEY!! Researchers claim that honey is faked in about 70% of all cases. And all because of the clear and strict standards of what exactly to call honey. Therefore, this product is often diluted with high fructose syrups and passed off as natural honey.

What to do:

If the label indicates that an open jar must be stored in the refrigerator, you’re seeing fake honey, because natural honey does not have to be kept cold. The best advice is to buy honey directly from beekeepers, only then you can be sure that it is natural.

2. Cheese

Some manufacturers willingly fake cheese. And if some honestly indicate on the packaging that this is not a natural cheese, but a cheese product, then others prefer to remain silent about it. For example, fake parmesan is often passed off as real. At the same time, not palm oil is added to it, as is usually done in the production of fake cheeses (otherwise it would become soft), but generously flavored with cellulose (a wood processing product).

What to do:

Natural cheese should have only three ingredients in its composition: milk, rennet, and sourdough. Read labels carefully. In addition, you can set fire to a small piece of cheese: the natural one will melt, giving off the smell of milk, while the fake product will simply burn.

3. Coffee

Most often, those who prefer ground coffee in packages face a fake. It can contain not only coffee beans but also crushed barley, soybeans, and even wheat. Also under the guise of Arabica, producers can sell Robusta.

What to do:

It is easier not to be deceived if you buy coffee beans in good stores and grind it yourself.

4. Olive oil

The cost of olive oil, as you know, is much higher, for example, the price of sunflower oil. But is it worth paying more? Unfortunately, in most cases, no. The bottle can easily contain much cheaper corn, soybean, or palm oil, well “disguised” as olive oil. In addition, experts note that almost all cold-pressed olive oil is fake (at least in our country). It is made by heating olives and is essentially industrial oil, which costs an order of magnitude cheaper than Extra virgin.

What to do:

Determining whether you brought natural olive oil from the store is quite simple: you need to pour it into a glass and put it in the refrigerator. Sediment will soon form at the bottom of a container of real olive oil.

6. Rice

Rice can also be fake. Fake rice is made from starch mixed with plastic and sprinkled with flavoring. It is extremely difficult to distinguish granules from real rice, and, as you know, it is dangerous to eat it.

What to do:

First, trust only trusted brands. Secondly, there is a way to check if the rice in front of you is real. Throw a handful of rice into a container of water or set it on fire: fake rice will not sink in water but will melt and smoke when burned.