I pray all that joined our community in Israel for our Tapin2life Almost Vegan 30 Day Challenge had a great experience. Thank you for those who commented back! My hope is that we all make it a lifestyle change. For those who have just started following my blog, please look at the previous posts and catch up with us in what’s been going on the past month. There are some very tasty, healthy, vegan and almost vegan recipes that can help jumpstart your road to better health.
So what’s next now that we have awakened many people to the benefits of minimizing animal products as well as eating whole foods?
For years I have been wanting to study our food sources a lot closer. There are so many illegal things going on in the food industry that it makes one wonder what we’re eating. Adulteration in the food industry seemed to spike in the midst of the Corona Pandemic. Why in this day of increased technology and information are we more unhealthy as compared to the past? Take a look at this video before we dive into possible solutions to prevent us from being victims of receiving adulterated food or items.
Although the above video can send one into panic and lead one to say, “So how do we know what’s safe to eat?” There is hope, here are some tips to help us to better discern what to buy and what to leave at the store or market:
- First of all, know the top foods that are most common sources of food fraud according to scientists. They are usually expensive items and expensive to manufacture so companies that commit this fraud try to cut cost and corners. They may add another food product that’s cheaper or maybe even something that’s not even food.😲 For example cellulose (in the form of wood shavings) in cheese, canola oil in a product labeled 100% olive oil, or even fish that is swapped out for another type of fish or even a spongy material that’s not food. Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) is occurring most likely in this case.
- Olive oil
- orange juice
- apple juice
- grape wine
- vanilla extract
- Of course read all labels if you’re buying a packaged food (look for any additives such as dyes, artificial flavorings, sweeteners, anti-caking agents. It’s best to leave it on the shelf if it’s not a whole food.
- With fruits and vegetables, check out the sticker or brand. Of course it’s best to get our foods locally from farmers that we have a relationship with or at least have established how they grow their crops. What we can grow on our own, even from a window garden, why not? Small and local farmers may not be certified USDA Organic due to the cost but but may actually be an organic farmer according to the way he grows his crops.
For example, fruit labeling is divided into the following categories:
- Genetically Modified
- Conventional (contains pesticides)
Photo credit: website happilyunprocessed.com
- Does your food have an expiration date? If not, it may be something other than food. I would highly recommend avoiding the purchase and use of these items.
- Click this link and subscribe to receive the JRC Food Fraud Monthly Report: Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality
See the below video about Israel and the Agricultural Industry. We are leading in this industry worldwide. I am looking into how much Israel uses pesticides compared to other nations, but I have to admit as my homeland, I’m very impressed with the technology.
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