Although many don’t know it, we don’t always eat what we think we eat. The food industry is a very lucrative business, and when our food becomes a business, then a number of consequences like the one we will discuss in this article emerge.
Our diet is a serious problem because it depends on our health and well-being not only physically but also mentally. Unfortunately, we can sometimes think that we are eating French fries when in fact this product contains everything except potatoes.
We can also eat what we think is healthy food and everything but that. Marketing and advertising play an important role in this regard. Well … also the permissiveness of governments and regulators.
Foods that are not what you always thought
It turns out that some foods are not what you always thought they were, or what they claim to be, and worst of all, they contain additives and other products that reduce the cost of production and make these foods unhealthy and in some cases unhealthy.
If you want to know which foods are not what you think they are, just read the list below.
1. Orange juice nectar
Many of us have bought a tetrabric of orange juice nectar thinking that we are consuming a product that contains, at least for the most part, orange juice. The first thing that usually comes to our mind when we see its suggestive label is that it is fortified with vitamin C, so it’s practically like consuming fruit and a healthy drink.
Well, none of that! Well, this product not only contains less than half the content of orange juice, but is a drink with a high sugar content, Which causes hyperglycemia. Nothing good if what we want is to eat healthy and lose weight.
2. Peanut butter
Peanut butter is a healthy product that contains a lot of peanuts. However, there are industrial versions that not only contain a smaller amount of this dried fruit, but are also made from sugar and hydrogenated oils, which are high in trans fat, which these are the least healthy fats and should be eliminated from the diet from all of us.
Honey is a natural product which, despite its high glycemic index, is very healthy. An article published in the newspaper El País warned a few months ago that domestic producers were denouncing the low costs and the suspicion of adulteration of honey from an Asian country. Many organizations are noticing the increase in fake honey.
In fact, the Food Safety News conducted a study in which it found that 76% of all honey in supermarkets was treated with a process called ultra filtration so as not to be able to trace its origin. Which should arouse the suspicions of consumers.
4. Bagged fries
Bagged fries are a very unhealthy food which, if not eaten in moderation, they can have harmful effects on health. This product, although it is called fries, contains quite a few potatoes, less than half. In fact, they contain other substances such as: rice flour, corn and potatoes mixed with wheat starch, vegetable oils, salt and spices.
5. Crab sticks
Crab is a very tasty and nutritious food, but it is not the same with crab sticks, which only mimic its taste. And are these tasty sticks made from surimi, a substance invented in Japan centuries ago.
Surimi is obtained by repeatedly washing several fish or poultry until a gelatinous mass is obtained which later mixed with additives to ensure product preservation. In addition, other products such as red pepper are added to give it that “crab look”.
6. White chocolate
As good as it is, white chocolate is not chocolate. In order for it to be chocolate, you need to bring cocoa, and the closest thing to this substance in its composition is cocoa flavored butter. Outraged, cocoa is replaced by milk, Which gives it that white color. So the next time you grab a ‘Milkibar’ bar, let them know that while it’s a delicious dessert, it’s not exactly chocolate.
7. Pieces of bacon
The bits of bacon you can add to baked potatoes or salads aren’t really bacon. In reality, these are pieces of bacon flavored soy flour. However, some brands use bacon, but in small amounts. It can be a very tasty product, but it has nothing to do with bacon.
8. Truffle oil
Truffle oil is generally not made with truffles, but with other oils to which the aroma of truffle is added. The truffle is an expensive product and makes it the strong smell and taste of truffle oil it is due to a chemical compound and not to real truffles. Although there is genuine truffle oil, it is very expensive for the average consumer.
The greenish condiment they bring you with sushi in Japanese restaurants is wasabi, which is a mixture of horseradish, mustard, and food coloring. In fact, this product must be made from the silver that gives its name to this product, which only grows on the island of Sakhalin, Japan.
It is estimated that only 5% of the wasabi served in Japanese restaurants around the world contains this root. So don’t miss going to Japanese restaurants if you like exotic cuisine.
Caviar is a sturgeon egg from the rivers that flow into the Caspian and Black Seas. Because there are too many fish in this area, it is rare to find this product, which has a very high price. Non-authentic caviar is still marketed today. However, neither its size, aroma, color or flavor resembles the original.