Are you a certified foodie? If yes, then you must have known that there are fake foods lurking all around you. The issue is that a ton of these foods are frauds, but many people devour them regularly without knowing.
Fake foods or imitation foods are developed by some companies to save cost of producing a pure and authentic product. There are also foods that are native to one country that is available in your favorite store, but is actually fake. Sometimes its hard to discern what is real and what is fake, especially if you are really hungry.
Here are 9 fake foods that you probably love & eat often:
1. Crab Meat
Are you one of those people who loves to eat Japanese food such as sushi, maki, sushi rolls? Well, you probably wanted to have a big bite of the California roll with cucumber, avocado, sesame and of course, the loved seafood, crab. You can order a California roll in almost any run-of-the mill sushi joint for a cheap price. It’s cheap because the crab meat is a faux! They usually serve you an imitation crab meat made of pulverized white fish, added with binding ingredients and shaped into sticks with a dyed exterior to mimic actual crab legs. That is the truth behind the cheap crab meat.
2. Maple Syrup
Do you like maple syrup with your pancakes? Then you must know that maple syrup originally comes from the maple tree. The sap that made up the maple syrup is harvested seasonally and it follows a strict grading scale based on color. So anything you see in the market labeled as “Maple flavored syrup”, “pancake syrup” or “table syrup” most probably is made of high fructose corn syrup added with chemical compounds. They also add thickeners to make it look like an authentic maple syrup. To have an authentic maple syrup, find out when harvesting season is and read the label.
3. Blueberries In Muffins
Who doesn’t love blueberries? It’s sweet, healthy, full of antioxidants that are great for you health and skin, but blueberries found in some foods such as muffins are often fake fruits. The imitation blueberry is made of palm kernel oil, dextrose, flour, cellulose gum, citric acid, artificial blueberry flavor and artificial blue and red dyes to mimic the real blueberry. If you really want to have the real blueberry, avoid pancake starters or corn muffin mixes, just buy some real blueberries when you go to the market.
4. Buttered Popcorn
Popcorn is a fan favorite as an accompanying snack to movies. Popcorn is so easy to cook, just grab a bag of ol’ buttered popcorn and toss it in your microwave, and viola! But don’t be fooled by the “butter” in your popcorn, it is made of hydrogenated coconut oil and hydrogenated soybean oil blended with dactyl to imitate the butter flavor and beta carotene to achieve that golden color of the popcorn. Don’t worry, the corn is real though.
Another important sushi ingredient is wasabi. A green paste used to bind the fish to the rice, tangy and a little spicy that compliments the sushi. But do you know that some Japanese restaurants use horseradish combined with mustard flour and green dye to mimic the taste and color of the wasabi? The sad truth is, it doesn’t even have a single trace of the real “wasabi”. The real wasabi is a rhizome that is highly perishable. But if you really want to see and taste a real wasabi, you can have that when you visit Japan and visit some highly acclaimed sushi restaurants. You will see them making the wasabi paste in front of your eyes, using the roots.
6. White Tuna
White tuna or albacore is a prized seafood because of its light color and mild-flavored flesh. The albacore served to you in some fancy restaurants may not be a real albacore, but instead an escolar fish. The escolar is a cheap species of mackerel that was banned in Japan and Italy because of its ill effect in the body. It can cause gastrointestinal problems as it contains high wax ester that can cause you to have prolonged, oily anal leakage, especially when you have eaten more than 6 ounces. If you really want to have authentic white tuna, buy it directly from suppliers, ask questions to find out if they are real and buy at your own risk.
7. Whipped Cream
We always love to include whipped cream in our pies and sometimes even with our fruits, but did you know that most whipped cream doesn’t contain dairy? A well-known brand did it before, but now, whipped creams contains milk and cream. They also add hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn syrup, xanthan and guar gums, and artificial flavors. You will know if your whipped cream contains a lot of stabilizing chemicals if it doesn’t begin to deflate after a few minutes at room temperature.
8. Kobe Beef
If you are a meat lover, you must know that one of the most prized meats is beef. Some of the most rare and expensive beef meat may include Wagyu beef and Kobe beef. In the US, only 10 companies are allowed to sell Kobe beef since USDA is very strict with Kobe beef importation. So if you happen to buy Kobe beef from a company or provider not included in the list, you may have been stuck purchasing fake Kobe meat.
Who doesn’t love coffee? For night owls, coffee is essential to stay awake for a long period of time. If you are a fan of brewed coffee, it’s recommended for you to buy whole coffee beans rather than the ground ones. Normally, the ground one may contain additives such as wheat, barley and the crunchy twigs! It’s harder to see the difference when it’s ground than having the beans whole.
If you really love food, but you hate eating fake foods, it is best if you buy the food yourself from trusted providers and make sure to buy it fresh. In this post, we shared 9 fake foods that you probably love & eat often.
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