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Here’s How To Identify Rice That Contains Plastic

November 29, 2016
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China is the largest producer of rice in the world, with over 200 million tons annually. A big part of this is sold to markets around the world. However, besides being grown with chemicals and pesticides, a new The Korea Times report says that Chinese rice is an artificial product made of plastic!

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The producers make the rice by mixing potato starch with plastic which is then formed into rice kernels and steamed with a rice aroma. After investigating the matter, doctors are now warning that just 3 portions of the fake rice contain more plastic than a little plastic bag, which is quite alarming. Luckily, there are some simple tricks which can help you detect fake rice.

The water method

Pour a tablespoon of fresh rice in cold water and observe – if the rice stays at the surface, it’s definitely fake.

The fire test

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Lit some of the rice you bought with a lighter – if it burns and smells like plastic, throw it away immediately.

The mortar and pestle test

Crush a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle – if they’re reduced to white powder the rice isn’t fake. However, if you see a light-yellow discoloration in the mortar, it’s surely fake.

The mold test

This is probably the best way to detect fake rice – put a handful of cooked rice in a container and leave it in a warm place for 2 days. If the rice is moldy afterwards, it’s organic. The plastic rice will be free of mold after 2 days.

Try these tricks yourself if you suspect that the rice you’re buying is fake –  they are the best and safest way to tell the difference.

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