While plenty of foods exported from China are perfectly healthy, some products aren’t thoroughly vetted enough to be considered safe for consumption. Research surrounding some Chinese goods revealed serious health and safety problems with common products that could be in your kitchen right now. Below are some of them.
Apple Juice: China uses pesticides to grow many of their crops, and those harmful chemicals often make it into their production of apple juice. Several well-known brands of apple juice sold in the US from China have shown high levels of arsenic. The arsenic seems to come from the liberal use of pesticides in the fields where they grow apples. The chemicals in the apple juice gets into your system and causes serious accumulative health problems. So read the ingredient labels and the manufacturing labels of all products.
Fish: fish are raised in unhealthy conditions in China. The cod are thrown into small areas cramped and dirty filled with sewage and garbage, along with thousands of fish. In short, cod are raised in highly toxic conditions. When you eat the fish, that toxicity goes into your body. Again, make sure you are cautious on any food imported from China. Read labels, ingredient as well as manufacturing and point of origin.
Beef: Because of the poorly unsupervised manufacturing process by any credible health organization, much of the meat is riddled with diseases that can make people seriously ill. Chinese meat shops are known for their quick production and
less-than-ideal safety standards. Due to the lack of sanitary rules and regulations in these shops so much of the meat comes in contact with unwanted bacteria. In addition, Chinese meat shops have a tendency to mix multiple chemicals, paraffin wax, and other unhealthy products together to “doctor” their products to create something that might taste like beef but isn’t really beef.
Rice Noodles: Normally when making an Asian-inspired dish, rice noodles imported from China seems like the obvious choice that will give you a good tasting authenticity to your meal. Unfortunately, the factories that produce rice noodles in China have been known to use sulfur dioxide. In theory, the chemical helps the noodles appear “fresh”. In practice, however, sulfur dioxide has been linked with cancer and numerous other illnesses.
Table Salt: While no one should be consuming bleached table salt, it is a common staple in most people’s homes and restaurants. However for health reasons it might do you well to steer clear of salt imported from China. Although China is one of the top salt manufacturers in the world, the process they use to produce so much of this ingredient renders the salt unsafe for humans.
Chinese salt is commonly filled with metals and other substances that should never enter the human body. Since the large majority of Chinese salt is unsafe for consumption, the Chinese companies are instructed to sell the product as an industrial salt never used for human consumption. However, many manufacturers have been passing off this unsafe industrial salt as table salt for years.
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