30 Foods From China You Should Never Buy
China is one of the stronger global leaders in many industries. China is a significant exporter of different kinds of goods. When a big business is run, it usually means that the production is fast, always done in bulks, and commonly done by templates. Sadly, big producers of goods will usually use various techniques to speed up production as much as possible and sell at a better price.
However, this isn’t always flattering to the quality of the products. Quantity eventually succumbs quality, and often various pesticides and chemicals are used. With that in mind, you should double-think about eating these 20+ foods imported from China.
Watermelon is one of the most popular foods in China. The country itself is a prominent watermelon exporter. For a watermelon to grow properly and be sweet enough, it’s mandatory to follow all growing procedures and let them grow naturally as much as possible.
It came to the public eye that a powerful pesticide is used frequently in certain parts of China. As you may guess already, using pesticides makes food toxic. So, when in need of a sweet watermelon to help you go through that hot summer day, you might want to buy a local watermelon, which is fresh and safe for consumption.
29. Apple Juice
China is officially one of the biggest apple juice producers in the world. You probably know that fabric-made juices are full of sugar, but little is known that they are usually full of pesticides as well.
So, as a big producer, China uses hand-full pesticides to make juices more attractive and better tasteful. So, a mix of sugar and toxic pesticides isn’t something that should be presented to your body easily.
Cod farming is not all that better than tilapia farming. Through selective breeding, the fish has become adapted to agriculture, and China knows how to work with this fish.
It turns out that fish imported from China isn’t the best one in terms of quality. Allegedly, they swim in water full of garbage and eat whatever they find. As you know already, putting anything in your body isn’t healthy and can put your body under stress, if not something worse.
27. Rice Noodles
Are you a noodle fan? Many are and enjoy adding this extra to their favorite dishes. Did you know that noodles were made in China are around 2.000 B.C.? Yeah, they are that old.
Still, it turns out that modern noodles from China aren’t as healthy as many believed originally. Sulfur dioxide is frequently used to make noodles look fresh. What do we know about sulfur dioxide? We know that it isn’t toxic, but it can cause cancer.
Lamb meat is rich in high-quality protein, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. At least, that’s the case when the lamb is raised in the right conditions.
When ordering a lamb, people expect to eat only a lamb. However, in 2013, a Radio-Canada article had some shocking information about Chinese lamb. The paper reported that there were sellers selling rats as lambs! Eventually, the police went on to arrest 900 people involved in this incident. They also seized 20,000 tons of rat meat. After this, a vegetarian diet doesn’t seem too tricky, probably?
A website called Voyage-Chine said that beef is double the price of pork in China. Companies are always giving their best to cut expenses. Therefore, to save money, many companies add borax-based food additives to the pork so that it looks like beef.
That’s right – you might think that you are treating yourself with beef while you are actually eating pork, without realizing so. This food additive is such a strong insecticide that shouldn’t ever be present in your digestive tract.
Garlic is an excellent addition to every dish. To have that extra note in your favorite meal, a pinch of garlic can’t harm. However, it can hurt you if it’s not healthy.
According to rumors, garlic from China is filled with chemical products. If you cannot survive without garlic, it’s a much better idea to opt for Canadian garlic instead of Chinese garlic. Trust us; the difference is huge.
So far, you may have noticed that various fruit and vegetable grows in China. Even those that you may find in your grocery store produced locally. So, why would anyone import food?
It’s mostly because of the price. Still, when something rotten, not even a reasonable price can promote it as healthy. It turns out that food inspectors have discovered contaminated mushrooms that come from China. Just like with any other product, you should always check where your food is coming from.
22. Plastic Rice
Did you know that rice is so powerful that The Great Wall of China is held together with sticky rice? It’s that powerful. Rice is also a convenient food to have in your home; it can last for years.
But is plastic rice really a plastic one? Well, the most important thing you need to know is that its base is made up of potatoes and synthetic resin. It can give you cancer!
Scientists still argue whether milk is suitable for adults or not. While they are debating on this topic, you should know that a huge amount of milk is imported to the States from China.
Milk made of melanin caused the deaths of six kids as well as the intoxication of 300,000 others. About 230 tons of milk were trafficked to make the protein count go up. You may not know this, but melanin can be extremely harmful to your kidneys.
When you buy eggs, you only want eggs, right? Without any additional, and incredibly not human-made material. So, when it comes to your eggs supplier, you can’t be too careful because some may be everything but natural.
What do you get when you have a mixture of baking powder, calcium carbonate, food coloring, and zest of paraffin? Well, you can expect everything but extremely healthy eggs. When shopping for eggs from China, you likely get eggs that are a mix. As expected, it can increase your risk of food poisoning.
19. Black Pepper
Did you know that this delicious spice is originally from China? From China, this black gold was distributed across the globe. Black pepper is an excellent addition to your dish, but it can be not very good if it’s not what it seems.
It’s the truth; the famous Chinese black pepper is not always what it seems. In some cases, this spice is just mud! Yes, a straightforward mud. This happens due to the lack of control and rules in the food security system.
Grape is what makes wine so special. However, Chinese wine has grapes in it, or at least not very high amounts of it. Some people claim that they got sick from drinking wine labeled with “Made in China.”
Some consumers claim that the wine has them sudden migraines, and some allegedly got a heart attack. It’s known that this wine contains sugar, water, dues, artificial flavor, and more. Still, this isn’t confirmed. Who knows, maybe consumers just had a bit more than they have planned?
17. Industrial-Style Salt
Industrial-style salt isn’t made for human consumption. Therefore, you shouldn’t take it, ever, no matter the conditions. Industrial-style salt is used for roads and when you have to deal with you, you want your machines to flow smoothly.
However, once an error occurred. Industrial-style salt was being sold as table salt! Needless to say, just how many various health issues that simple errors lead to.
China has a well-developed foo industry, with many products that are distributed across the globe. Many restaurants in the States use oil that they import from China.
In most cases, these oils are recycled, filtered again, and resold. Voyage-Chine said that over 2,000 tons of this olive oil got sold to restaurants. It makes you think twice about ordering restaurant food f you are a vegetarian, right?
Tilapia is extremely popular in China. It’s trendy when it comes to fish farming because it’s highly adaptable. Many even call it ‘aquatic chicken’.
Although it’s farmed a lot, like cod, it’s one of the worst fish you will find on the market. It eats everything, which includes pesticides and toxins in the water.
Many diseases can be transmitted through the chicken. As you know already, certain parts of the world are more prone to specific conditions than others.
Many claim that massive production cannot meet all required health requirements. Simply said, some facilities deal with chicken, but more to United States standards.
Peas are a good source of vitamins C and E, zinc, and other antioxidants that will boost your immune system. Did you know that China is the country that eats the most peas? Therefore, they export it a lot, as well.
However, a few years ago, in 2005, to be precise, experts discovered fake peas that were sold as canned peas. It would help if you were careful about canned veggies in general, no matter where it produces. Veggies in this form usually have artificial coloring, which is terrible for your health.
What can be wrong with tea from China, the country that almost invented this healthy drink? Well, it turns out that there isn’t anything wrong with the content, but with tea bags.
It turns out that tea bags are filled with pesticides. Around 29 toxic products were found in different brands of tea. The list even includes Lipton! However, this brand was not being exported.
Did you know that corn is actually a part of the flower? Corn has a wide range in various industries. It’s even used in food, drug, and cosmetic uses. You probably have tasted corn syrup, right?
In China, the corn is filled with sodium cyclamate to add sweetness to the product and keep the yellow color. Consumers like their food to be appealing to the eye as well. However, this toxin causes liver damage and other major health problems. Although it’s banned in the States, it is still legal in over 170 countries worldwide.
We have mentioned earlier that people love when their food looks good. By good, we mean fresh. So, to keep fruit and veggies as new as possible, farmers use additional tools that might be harmful.
Chinese farmers use a spray to make them fresh, which makes them toxic. Actually, this additive is so toxic; it’s best to steer clear of cabbage altogether.
9. Sweet Potato Noodles
Sweet potato noodles among favorite foods, At least, they are when they are 100% safe. It turns out that sweet potato noodles were safe, but not anymore.
Several factories in Guandong Province were closed after inspectors uncovered that industrial dyes and paraffin wax were used to make the product.
8. Baby Formula
Baby formulas are mandatory for the household when you have a baby. They are great substitution, but never the real thing. However, they are handy when needed for many reasons.
Now, you would expect everything baby-related to be safe, right? However, back in 2015, cheap and defective baby formulas were repackaged and resold under recognizable brand names. The public was alerted on this matter only one year later, after a vast police arrest.
7. Soy Sauce
Your favorite Chinese food simply goes hand in hand with soy sauce. The sauce is what makes it special. As expected, the majority of soy sauce manufacturers come from China.
It was discovered in 2016 that many soy sauces in China contain a carcinogen called 4-methylimidazole. They said that the dosage was minimal, but because of the daily use, the Hong Kong Consumer Council took things quite seriously.
There are five main kinds of tofu, and people love every single type. Did you know that tofu is one of the oldest foods in the world? It is believed that over 2,000 years ago, a Chinese cook accidentally discovered it by curdling soy milk using nigari seaweed.
However, in 2012, the tofu industry was hit hard when tofu manufacturers were caught using iron sulfate and feces in the product to speed up the fermenting process. Simply said, this ain’t cool.
5. Tapioca Pearls
Like soya and tofu, tapioca pearls are another product to steer clear of in China. For years, tapioca has been promoted as a healthy choice with no fat or cholesterol and a great addition to food or tea.
However, researchers claim that they have discovered as polychlorinated biphenyls in the product. This chemical is known for negatively affecting the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, endocrine system, and cause cancer.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. Many claim that ginger can help fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease and promote healthy aging. For decades chain has been a global leader of ginger production – ginger farms in Weifang to be precise.
In far 2013, China Central Television (CCTV) put under investigation ginger farms in Weifang. It was discovered that they were using the pesticide aldicarb. This pesticide is allowed to be used only on peanuts, roses, cotton, and sweet potatoes, and it was applied 3-6x more than the recommended level.
3. Canned Peaches
Some people love canned peaches for their nutritional benefits, while some love them because they are available all year round. Others dislike it because they claim that canned peaches can harm people due to their sugar and other harmful ingredients.
Australia’s National Measurement Institute tested canned peaches from China in 2014. After in-depth investigations, the organization found that the food contained twice the amount of lead allowed.
Are you a tuna lover? Many call tuna “the chicken of the sea” because it’s so popularly used. Tuna is prepared and distributed from many countries in the world, including China. However, many of China’s food processors and fish farms reside close to industrialized areas.
As you may guess already, in heavily industrialized areas, the air, water, and soil are all contaminated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted an investigation and found that “in these farms, it is common practice to let livestock and poultry roam freely in fields and to spread livestock and poultry waste on fields or use it as fish feed.”
1. Frozen Spinach
Frozen spinach is a convenient food. It’s always on hand, easy to prepare, and equally delicious as the real thing. So, what could be wrong with it?
Well, it turns out that nothing is wrong with frozen spinach if it comes from a safe environment. In China, safety inspection officials found too high levels of pesticides in frozen spinach, which is defiantly not something that’s healthy for you.