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China Is Selling Rice That’s Made Out Of Plastic - Here’s How You Can Avoid It

Everyone loves a bargain, so you might jump on it if you see a bag of rice for a good price. According to some Asian news sources, however, you had better beware if buying rice from China or Vietnam. It might be fake rice made of plastic.

According to the Korean Times, food fraud is a growing problem. Asian countries are replacing a number of foods with reasonable facsimiles — none of which are particularly healthy.

Rice is one of the latest foods being substituted with — of all things — plastic. Synthetic rice is becoming a trend as manufacturers try to make some extra money by putting scrap plastic into machines that grind it down to rice-shaped grains. They may sell the plastic rice on its own, or mix it in a bag with real rice.

There are a few ways to spot plastic rice, but looking at raw rice for comparison isn't one of them. The raw rice is just too similar to the plastic grains.

Try putting the rice in water. Real rice will sink to the bottom; plastic rice will float. Real rice will also render a starch residue on top of the water while plastic rice, of course, won't do that.

One of the easiest ways is to use a match or to throw it in a hot frying pan. Plastic rice will melt, while real rice will simply burn and blacken.

Its buyer beware when it comes to cheap food sources these days, so make sure you read labels and deal with reputable companies.

Source: Health Eternally
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