While many of us continually worry about sugar amounts in food as well as fat and carbohydrate content, while also trying to avoid artificial ingredients, it looks like now we have to actually be careful of our food being made of plastic! Yes, as if the whole organic/gmo/processed this and that headache is not enough, now there is the worry about your food actually being plastic.
It’s mainly rice which they have discovered being made with synthetic materials (basically plastics). Just when you think that organic food is increasing, while processed food is on the decrease, out comes a form of food which just says “screw it all” and decides to go full on plastic!
It’s the Chinese who apparently have come up with this major middle finger salute to all us food consuming humans. Certain rice factories in China have been busy producing a supposed “fake rice substitute”. This takes the place of the usual Wuchang rice. Of course the reason for this is profit! China knows all about how much cheaper it is using plastic for products. It is a bit surprising they would expand their plastic obsession over into the food market. But indeed, a mix of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and synthetic resin (plastic) will create some super cheap rice which not only looks like rice, but with the help of a fragrance spray, they will smell just like Wuchang rice as well! How wonderful, right?
Naturally, this is completely dangerous to consume. Very toxic. Matter of fact, according to one Chinese official, if you eat three bowls of this “man-made” rice, then you may as well have just eaten a plastic bag. Essentially the same damn thing.
While it hasn’t been distributed here in the US, it naturally has found it’s way into other countries other than China so really who knows where it is.
Nevertheless, if you are going overseas, or just want to be extra careful, there are ways to detect plastic rice:
1. Sink Or Swim?
You stir a tablespoon or two of the rice into a glass of water. Now observe. Does it sink? If so you’re good. If it floats, it’s likely plastic.
2. Fungus Among Us
Cook up a small portion of the rice. Put in a container. Leave it on the counter. In a few days, mold should form. If not, you got some plastic.
3. Fight The Grime
While boiling your rice, note if there is a thick layer of residue forming on the top. This may be reason for concern.
4. Strike A Match
Light a phony piece of rice on fire and you’ll get a plastic smell or perhaps a sweet potato stench. Either way it will probably burn like you would think plastic would burn.
Check out the “fraud tests” the do:
Most likely you are safe with the rice you have in your pantry. Nevertheless if something like this is really happening, you can imagine how important it really is to be informed and be careful what you buy, especially if it’s super cheap or from far away.
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