It is important that in these days of global food shortage, we watch what we consume. While it is necessary for us to avoid processed and refined foods as much as possible, we also need to keep a balanced diet and be cautious of the foods that are meant to be healthy, but have now been compromised. One of such foods is rice.
Rice is a staple meal in quite a number of countries and it has a global appeal that makes it on high demand worldwide. This has made unscrupulous individuals to capitalise on the situation to produce “rice” that just isn’t rice. In China, there is a rise in the production of the so called plastic rice, a name given to it because of the use of synthetic raisins in its production. Other ingredients used in producing this “rice” includes; potato varieties, like sweet and Irish potatoes. During production the raisins and potatoes are iced and passed through a processor that shapes the mixture in the shame of rice. This “rice” is then sprayed with a chemical compounds that gives it the smell of top quality rice brands in China like the Wuchang rice brand.
You should learn how to spot the difference between real rice and the fake one currently in the market. Here are four ways to spot plastic rice.
- When you put genuine rice in a cup of water, it will sink to the bottom of the cup, whereas plastic rice will float in the water.
- After cooking your genuine rice, mold fan grow on it when it’s left for some days. However, you will never get mold growing on plastic rice, it remains the same regardless box the number of days it left on your counter top.
- Plastic rice develops a thick whitish layer at the top of the rice when it is cooking.
- When you light up fake rice, it leaves the smell of melting plastic in the air. The rice will also melt just like plastic.
The following video will give you the opportunity to see the results of these tests in action:
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