From time to time, I hear something crazy about China like this and I have always been suspicious of food from China for that reason. You have to think, not only is food being shipped to the other side of the world (just think what might happen during that time and possible exposure or contamination), but beyond that look what some Chinese companies are doing to the food.
Trafficking it, and making it as cheap as humanly possible. China uses their innovative methods that they use to make technological products, toys and other cheap consumer products and apply that mindset to food, which is dangerous.
10 common foods that come from China that you probably do not know:
1. The Tilapia fish:
Tilapia is a farmed fish that is common in China. These fish are among the worst, most toxic and unhealthy you may encounter. A tilapia eats everything, comparable to a fish cleaner and the fish farm is a small pool of water with garbage in which the fish live. This is one of the worst fish purchases you could ever make and it is well known that in China seafood producers will not even let their kids eat the seafood they produce, so what should you do? put a flea in the ear. 80% of Tilapia comes from China.
2. The cod:
Cod is another type of fish that is raised in China. This fish is not healthy and lives in its own waste. Do not buy farmed cod.
3. The Chinese apple juice:
Believe it or not, about 50% of the world’s apple juice comes from China. China is the country that produces the most pesticides in the world and they have not even begun to deal with the problem of pesticide residues or chemicals on food. I recommend completely avoiding apple juice for you and your children. The fruit juice is too rich in sugar and it’s best to mix it with vegetable juice for your blood sugar levels.
4. Industrial mushrooms:
Inspectors found contaminated fungi from China. Some manufacturers in China even label these organic mushrooms as organic to increase their profits. If you do a search on Google, you will find that there are many “mystery mushrooms” in China, completely counterfeit. Do your best to know the source, buy organic and local!
5. Chinese garlic:
Inspectors also found contaminated garlic from China. Garlic from China is heavily sprayed with chemicals and this garlic leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, that of a chemical concoction.
6. The chicken:
Many food safety experts are concerned about the quality of Chinese chicken because China is a country where bird flu and food-borne diseases are common. In addition, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world and is polluted not only by this but also by mass production and industry.
7. The rice
Poor quality rice, produced with too much pesticide.
8. Some black pepper produced with too much pesticide:
The Chinese do not have much control in their food regulatory and food safety systems. Not that these are always good, just look at France! we have standards but very low standards, at best.
9. Industrial salt:
Industrial salt is unfit for human consumption, but industrial salt has been sold as table salt for 13 years! Industrial salt can cause mental and physical problems, hypothyroidism problems as well as disorders of the reproductive system.
10. The small weights:
Another crazy scenario from another world. These peas were found in 2005 in China, and can still be produced today. These fake peas were created from snow peas, soy beans, green dye and sodium metabisulphite (a chemical that is used as a bleach and preservative). This dye is prohibited because it can cause cancer, as well as inhibit the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium. These peas do not soften when they are boiled and the water is not green. So avoid peas from China.
In my humble opinion, China’s food is one of the worst you can find on the planet. As I mentioned, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world, which means that your food is more likely to be poisoned with pesticides. It is one of the most polluted regions in the world. 70% of the rivers are polluted, the air is toxic and the simple production of products there leaves a lot of chemicals and toxic byproducts like waste that spread in the environment.
Take this fact alone, the air in Beijing is so polluted that breathing is as much damage to the lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes a day, according to a new study from 2015. Coming from China? To avoid.
How can you tell if your apple juice, garlic or mushrooms come from China? It’s hard to say. That’s why I recommend buying local at your organic market and getting to know your farmer or supplier. Ask questions at your grocery store or health food store, ask questions and do your research. Use your cell phone to do google searches in the store!