Rice is probably one of the most popular foods in the world. Now, whether you prefer brown or white rice over any other, doesn’t really matter in terms of what this post is about. This is about your health! And it may be at stake once you find out what’s going on behind the scenes in rice production.
For the last couple years, China has been making rice out of plastic. In a report from a Singapore publication, they stated that this fake rice is made out of potato, sweet potatoes and plastic that contains poison!
One clear sign that the rice you have is plastic is if, after you cook it, the grains remain hard.
Investigative journalists found out that this fake rice is mixed with the real deal and made to look and smell like real rice. It’s shipped to stores and consumers often can’t tell the difference. Apparently, over 800,000 tons of REAL rice is actually made in the world, but when you look at the data, over 10 MILLION tons of rice is actually sold.
While all of this is slowly coming out to the public, in China, plastic rice is actually an emerging trend. The effects are dangerous, though. Eating one plastic bag is the equivalent of eating three bowls of plastic rice. Now, that’s not healthy at ALL!
Here are some ways to tell that the rice you’re cooking isn’t real. 1) fake rice creates a thick layer atop the boiling water. 2) REAL rice sinks in boiling water. 3) When burned, fake rice will smell like plastic.
This news is really important for those cultures who consume a lot of rice. China, for instance, often eats more than 8 ounces of rice per day! While it’s profitable for the manufacturers, it’s at the expense of all of our health! While no major reports have come out in the U.S., it’s crucial to take into account the tips of spotting fake rice as it could be anywhere!