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Thursday, September 22, 2016

These 13 Foods Aren’t What You Think They Are

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Have you ever thought about what else you might be eating that’s absolutely disgusting? Well, here’s a small list of 13 “foods” that are often mislabeled, misnamed, or simply misunderstood.

Grated Parmesan Cheese

The FDA says that Cellulose, which is made from wood pulp, is a safe food additive when used as an anti-clumping agent, acceptable at levels of 2% to 4% (gross). But, just this last year Bloomberg News found that multiple brands of “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” had 7.8% to 8.8% cellulose (they also mix it with less expensive cheese like swiss, mozzarella, and cheddar). One expert even estimated that 20% of U.S.-produced grated Parmesan cheese is mislabeled.

Breakfast Syrup and Maple Products

As a kid growing up, we ate Aunt Jemima “maple syrup” and had zero idea it was the furthest thing from actual maple syrup. However, once we tasted the difference, it was clear. And to that point, last February maple industry groups sent a letter to the FDA, protesting foods that are labeled as maple even though there is no maple in the ingredients.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

The EVOO industry can be a little bit less than honest. This is one product that you MUST read the label on.
“The truth is, there’s often nothing virgin about most of the “extra-virgin” olive oil sold in the U.S., and fraudulent oil, 50% by some estimates, is often vegetable oils and artificial coloring. Four out of 10 bottles that claim to be Italian olive oil are just packed or transported through Italy and are not made from Italian olives. Recently, an Italian criminal investigation was launched against seven of the country’s top olive oil companies after tests revealed nine out of every 20 bottles were fraudulent. They were accused of importing canola and soybean oil to mix into their olive oil sold as extra-virgin,” reports the article.

Honey 

Can you believe that sweet, innocent, gift from bees, honey- makes up 7% of food fraud cases? In 2013, a huge “honey laundering” scheme was uncovered in China of all places. Adulterated Chinese honey, some mixed with sweeteners, antibiotics, and pesticides, was found to be being shipped through other countries in order to disguise its origin (for importation and sale in the U.S.).

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