Most astute shoppers might guess that a pile of supposed super-known designer handbags being hawked by a shady sidewalk vendor for 2000 Leks apiece are probably not authentic. But how about a lovely looking jar of delicious honey on the shelves of the supermarket?
Even the savviest of shoppers might not suspect that behind the label lurk 200 ml of industrial honey that is just corn syrup. Welcome to the world of food fraud.
Here are some of the most notorious food frauds.
What could be complicated about orange juice? It is made from oranges, juiced — except when it’s not. That some juice makers feel compelled to regularly pump up their product with non-orange ingredients seems far-fetched, but they do it.
And in fact, orange juice is one of the most popular items to have suspect ingredients sneaked into the mix. Many orange juice cartons in supermarket are chock full of faux orange juices, one of the most shocking reveals a mixture of beet sugar, corn sugar, monosodium glutamate, ascorbic acid, potassium sulfate, orange pulp wash, grapefruit solids, and a byproduct from a water distillation system.
But nutritionists are railing against industrial orange juice for another reason. Packed with sugar, calories and carbs, orange juice isn't much better for you nutritionally than soda or any other sweetened beverage.
Once the juice is squeezed and stored in gigantic vats, they start removing oxygen. Why? Because removing oxygen from the juice allows the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling.
But! Removing that oxygen also removes the natural flavors of oranges. Yeah, it’s all backwards. So in order to have orange juice actually taste like oranges, drink companies hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for the top designers, to create these “flavor packs” to make juice taste like, well, juice again.
Lying is a daily routine of the food industry. The first step of the biggest enterprises selling food is finding a way to make what they call “food” (for no good reason) as cheaply as possible, and the next step is to convince the consumer that step one doesn’t exist.
First off, consumers must ask: Why are we drinking juice?? Juice removed from the fruit is just concentrated fructose without any of the naturally-occurring fiber, pectin, and other goodies that make eating a whole fruit good for you. Did you know, for example, that it takes 6-8 medium sized apples to make just 1 cup of apple juice? You probably wouldn’t be able to eat 6-8 medium apples in a single sitting. But you can casually throw back a cup of apple juice, and you would probably be willing to return for seconds. That’s why fruit juice is dangerous. It’s far too easy to consume far too much sugar./AgroWeb.org