We may sometimes contemplate the amount of sugar, fat, or cholesterol contained in a food item before consuming it – that’s being a smart and healthy consumer. Manufacturers must provide a detailed list of ingredients on the side of food packaging, so we can then make the decision for ourselves whether to consume the food product or not. We have the right to be informed, right?
But what if we told you that there was a significant and dangerous discovery involving rice being made with synthetic materials (in other words, plastic) – a terrifying and mind-boggling reality.
We all know that some companies use chemicals in their foods, but China’s synthetic rice is taking the danger to a whole new level.
Research has shown that certain rice factories in China have been producing a “fake rice substitute” in place of the popular and more expensive Wuchang rice, for greater profit. According to the Korean Times, this food fraud is being created using a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and synthetic resin (plastic). These ingredients are mixed together and formed into “grains” which very closely resemble the appearance of actual grains of rice. The rice substitute is then sprayed with a fragrance to mimic the smell of Wuchang rice, making it difficult to decipher between the two versions.
As you would expect, consuming this “plastic rice” is extremely harmful and toxic to one’s health, and is causing quite an uproar. One Chinese official warned that eating three bowls of this man-made rice would be equivalent to ingesting one plastic bag.
Although “plastic rice” isn’t being distributed here in the US, it has found its way to countries other than China (which is scary). So, whether you are planning a trip overseas, or just want to be vigilant – here are some helpful hints to ensure that your rice is sans synthetics: