Be Careful What You Buy – Plastic Rice Is Spreading Across Asia
You have probably heard about the case of artificial eggs produced in China, but this trend continues despite the controls. The latest “innovation” is plastic rice that was imported in few Asian countries.
This news about the artificial rice has been shared on popular social media networks like Facebook and WhatsApp for a week now and what is for sure is that this rice was noticed in Singapore first.
Plastic rice that was found on the market in China in the past two years is now imported in several Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and India.
What is even worse, buyer’s claim that this plastic rice can be found in popular supermarkets too. Those who have accidentally used this rice say that they have experienced gastritis and similar problems in the digestive system.
Buyer’s claim that this rice is so similar to the real one that is very difficult to detect it and notice the difference. In addition, it is usually combined with regular rice packs.
Health specialists and doctors say that taking artificial grain, covered with toxic resin, often leads to severe damage in the digestive system.
This artificial rice includes sweet potatoes, potatoes and synthetic resin. Unfortunately, artificial rice is available on the markets in the city of Taiyuan, Shaanxi for years and as we said before it is very difficult to identify it.
What’s more, researchers discovered bisphenol A in plastics which can disrupt the hormones, especially estrogen. Other ingredients in plastics are phthalates – another hormone disruptor which affects mostly the testosterone.
The Ministry of Agriculture in Malaysia claims that they have not received any reports about plastic rice, but they believe that even if this rice somehow enters Malaysia it would be available in small stores not in well-known supermarkets.
How To Identify Plastic Rice and Avoid its Consumption?
Artificial rice consists of sweet potatoes, potatoes and polymer made in China and looks almost the same as regular rice. If you don’t “study” the rice you probably won’t be able to tell that you are looking at artificial rice. But, once the cooking process begins, you can notice that the rice stays hard and if you use it in soups you can notice a plastic sheath on top of the soup which is prone to burning (similar to plastics).