Fake Food: You May Be Eating More Than You Think

Fake food could be more a part of your diet than you thought. Food manufacturers have been discovered slipping more and more “counterfeit” products into our meals, according to Interpol.

You probably already knew that such meals as ramen and other prepackaged noodles, a staple for most college students, low income households, and Asian markets, are actually fake. The Inquisitr even previously reported that ramen noodles, if eaten regularly, can lead to heart attacks and diabetes.

You probably also knew that most fast food from chains such as McDonald’s and Little Ceasar’s Pizza are made of something other than they appear. It is still unknown what exactly is in those Chicken McNuggets.

What you probably didn’t know is that much of what you have in your refrigerator and cupboards right now is just as much fake food as the ones you knew about.

Interpol has seized 2,500 tons of counterfeit food off the market for violating your basic dietary needs, and a lot of it has been sold by major brands. In the U.K., brand name vodka was discovered to be among the highest percentage of counterfeit products, alongside other alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is the most highly counterfeited product of them all, says Time Magazine.

“Adulterations cut across all kinds of categories. In Italy, 31 tons of seafood were labeled as ‘fresh’ but had actually been previously frozen, then doused with a chemical containing citric acid and hydrogen peroxide to hide that it was rotting. At an Italian cheese factory, officers found expired dairy and chemicals used to make old cheese seem fresh. They also found that mozzarella was being smoked in the back of a van with burning trash as a heat source.”

That is only part of the report, which included other food products such as mineral water, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, eggs, dried fruit, and cooking oil, says InfoWars. Yes, part of that cake you probably made from scratch was likely fake food.

The offending food products were seized in markets, airports, seaports, and shops between December 2014 and January 2015. That’s probably enough to make you think twice about the authenticity of those “fresh” ingredients you hear about in TV advertisements.

Interpol is working diligently to find and remove these offending food products all over the world, but one disturbing question remains.

How much of these fake foods have you already eaten because you thought they were healthy?

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