Report says 7 percent of all food not what it appears to be

Joyce Lupiani

Report says 7 percent of all food not what it appears to be

CREATED Jan. 23, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It may be that we are all buying and eating food that is now what we think it is.

A study coming out this morning says that 7 percent of all the food we buy and consume has fake ingredients.

The biggest problem are liquids that are diluted.

Examples include extra virgin oil diluted with cheaper vegetable oils and pomegranate juice that is watered down with cheaper grape or pear juice.

Pure lemon juice is often stretched with sugar and water.

Another common place to find food fraud is in ground foods.

Saffron, black pepper and paprika cut with stems and cheaper spices or tea bags filled with fern leaves and common lawn grass.

Experts say that the best thing to do is to buy whole products and grind them yourself. Also, be wary of amazing price cuts. There could be a hidden reason for great deals.

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