Behind the lies on food packaging

Behind the lies on food packaging

Food packaging does not always tell us the truth. It tells what what might be technically kind of the truth, but to really know what we are eating we need to get closer to the sources of the food we eat.

An extreme example of food packaging telling a lie is that of plastic rice from China. Wuchang rice is a premium rice brand there and it millions buy it. It has recently come to light that many were actually buying plastic rice.  The producers were mixing a small amount of real Wuchang rice with plastic rice, and spraying it with a fragrance that imitated the original rice smell. This has been sold in China and has also shown up in other Asian countries. It’s toxic stuff too, just three bowls of it is the same as consuming one plastic bag. It can lead to digestive issues and even death if eaten every day.

Yes, this is a very extreme example of food packaging lying to the consumer but it shows us how out of control we really are over what we eat. We rely on producers to tell us what is really in there, and it might not always be in their best interests to give us the full story. When shopping, you need to be aware of some of the regular porkies on food packaging, whole grains and multi grains being two regular cases. What you need to look out for are certifications from third parties with no related interests.

See too where the grains show up on the list of foods, they could only be in a miniscule amount, even negligible. 100%, real and pure are regular words, but you probably already know they are not always true. 100% fruit juice is rarely that, in fact you can even tell by the taste of it.

So the moral of the story is, don’t just take their word for it. Scan the food packaging labels, ask producers what’s what and then vote with your wallet. If it’s real food you are after, you are going to have to demand it.

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