10 Foods Made in China You Must Avoid (Filled with Plastic, Pesticides and Cancer Causing Chemicals)

It has become a well-known fact that much of the food found in America is imported from China. Why would one need to buy food from China when we have so much farmland in America? It all has to do with the price, food from China is cheaper, but it comes at a cost.

Below is a list of 10 foods from China we all should avoid!

1. Tilapia Fish

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80% of tilapia in America comes from China. The fish are bottom feeders and will eat almost anything. With water pollution, the way it is in China, eating anything raised in that water would be unsafe to say the least. Plus, who knows what the fish are being fed. There is, also, one study that states tilapia is less healthy than bacon.

2. Cod Fish


50% of American Cod comes from China. Yet again this is a water pollution and feeding issue. There are few restrictions in China for these types of exports.

3. Apple Juice


About 50% of all apple juice sold in the US comes from China. China has been known to use harmful pesticides on their food. Even pesticides that have been banned by their own government. Making apple juice at home from local organic apples is the best method.

4. Processed Mushrooms


34% of all processed mushrooms come from China. Just as we saw with apples, one does not know what the mushrooms are grown in and exactly how healthy they are. Just to be on the safe side, buy mushrooms local or from trusted American-based or Canadian-based farms.

5. Chinese Garlic


31% of garlic sold in America comes from China. Like with other grown foods, the pesticides involved in the process (mainly methyl bromide) are just not safe and should be avoided. You can find out how to spot Chinese garlic here.

6. Chicken


In 2013, the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of chicken from China in the United States. As with fish (mentioned above) this is a pollution and feeding issue. China is commonly plagued with avian flu and other foodborne illnesses.

7. Plastic Rice


There are reports that China is now sending over rice that isn’t really rice. When cooked, it stays hard. The rice may actually be made of potato and resin. Essentially, plastic rice is on the market, and this may give the GMO grain companies a run for their money.

8. Black Pepper Mud


One vendor in China was caught selling mud as black pepper. Although this seems like a local issue, one must always verify quality.

9. Industrial Salt


Salt produced for industrial purposes is finding its way onto the tables of China. Therefore, any salt from China in America may also contain industrial salt. Consuming this salt may contribute to high blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk of heart attack and stroke.

10. Green Peas


Fake green peas have been found in China. These fake peas were created with snow peas, soy beans, along with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that is used as the bleach and as a preservative). This dye is banned from using on produce because it may cause cancer, as well as inhibit the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium. These green peas also didn’t soften when boiled and the water turned an unnatural green color.

The message (again) appears to be: Eat local. Eat organic. Support healthy farming practices.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about fake food found in China.

Here are even more foods to avoid from China: AltHealthWorks.com


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snert - November 16, 2015

“Consuming this salt may contribute to high blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk of heart attack and stroke.”

And that makes it different from any other salt, how? Credibility now ZERO!!!!!

Steve Dorsett - November 16, 2015

No proof or sources cited anywhere in this article. All based on rumour and innuendo….. methinks someone has a personal agenda…….

Ginger p. - November 16, 2015

I understood that China was one of the countries that does not allow GMO foods sold in their country due to its toxicity(which are everywhere in the U.S.). Now to hear of the incredible horrible foods — something doesn’t add up to me.

Bruce Johnson - November 17, 2015

Do not believe everything you read. Snow peas are simply peas with an edible pod, actually immature peas…More expensive than regular mature peas.
Salt is Sodium Chloride, in other words salt is salt….AND high blood pressure and hypertension are the same thing. All credibility is lost. Time to move along, nothing here to see.

    tjetta - February 4, 2016

    Is Bruce Johnson Your Real Name?

      Bruce Johnson - February 6, 2016

      Who would make a name like that up?

        James Bigpop Perry - February 15, 2016

        lmao monsanto would lol

          Bruce Johnson - May 5, 2016

          Monsanto didn’t, my parents did. And I never quite forgave them.

          SD888 - November 14, 2016

          Are you really a wizard?

          Bruce Johnson - November 14, 2016

          Of course. Are you really a round grey oval on top of a grey semi-circle?
          And is your name really SD888?

    ebfoster - May 5, 2016

    Industrial means there are other elements present that are not fit for consumption, as “De-Icing” salt is cheaper than “Food Grade” salt.

      Bruce Johnson - May 5, 2016

      While it’s entirely possible the salt might contain contaminates, salt is Sodium Chloride…Salt.
      The article is clearly hyperbole, sensationalism which attracts the uninformed. Great for their adverts!

      “Consuming this salt may contribute to high blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk of heart attack and stroke.”
      Consuming pure salt may do exactly that too…

        w1975b - September 26, 2016

        We do need good salt (not the industrial stuff) for health, if someone has blood pressure issues, they probably aren’t getting enough potassium or other nutrients which allow the body to keep homeostasis.

ajhnson - November 17, 2015

China SUCKS!

Yams - November 19, 2015

Ok, so consuming industrial salt carries the same risks as consuming…. regular salt? How terrible!!!

Yams - November 19, 2015

Eating local doesn’t seem to be working for the Chinese. LOL

Yams - November 19, 2015

“You’re eating chemicals” putting poison into your system.

Jim Burkholder - January 28, 2016

I try not to buy any food that is grown or raised in China. I presonnaly believe that their inspection process is not stringent enough. Also, I will only buy fresh caught fish, farm raised fish are fed food that is absolutely apprehensable ie. in China chicken shit. If someone can prove me wrong on my last statement I will retracct it.

Gee Man - February 1, 2016

Sounds like a fake to me. Rice grows faster than weeds, that’s like saying we’d take the time to make fake wheat here. LOL Though I would avoid any farm raised fish and that goes for any where.

uwo - May 4, 2016

So scary!

Michael Santangelo - May 5, 2016

If plastic rice was true I think myself and everyone else here in China would be dead or extremely ill. The news report was complete B.S. and had no proof. There is plenty of “dangerous” food to worry about everywhere. Be smart how you shop, and David, can you please go back to more positive and educational information? Your whole spin on going with “viral” type content is annoying and you’ve lost my trust as a reputable source of nutritional knowledge.

    deedwan - September 25, 2016

    I don’t know about the rice thing, but I did see that they put vegetables in vats of colorant (usually green) to make them look more appealing and the spray a silicon spray on them to preserve them.
    And you probably wouldn’t know as far how people are doing in China. My mother was there and was on a boat, and she saw a dead body floating in the water. Not one person was concerned about it. No one was concerned about reporting it to the authorities, or trying to ID the person so family or friends could be notified. Absolutely no concern.

    Sathandra Greymaine - November 10, 2016

    Plastic rice is true, I have heard about it prior to this. You can find the info on youtube somewhere. There was a video about it, the Chinese people became aware of it, esp one particular kind of rice was fake (plastic) due to it being more expensive. It looks the same, but they could tell because the structure was a little bit different. If you eat rice everyday you might be able to notice, but otherwise, no, they do a good job making it look like rice.

Carol Walters - May 10, 2016

Add to this list cabbage. We watched a guy in China make a chemical cabbage. He put these different chemicals in what looked like a vat of water. He swirled these chemicals around in layers, added green food dye and as he swirled it, it came together in a clump. When he lifted this “thing” out of the vat, it looked like a cabbage head. He set it on a table and sliced into it and the sound as he sliced it was like that of a real cabbage head being sliced. What gives it away as fake is if you slice it up and try to cook it. It melts. No Chinese cabbages for us. Local only.

    deedwan - September 25, 2016

    The cabbage video is a cabbage made out of wax and coloring. Those are not for sale (although I understand your concern considering it seems anything goes with them), but rather they are for display. They use food art displays in their restaurants to show what is in a dish. Although it looks realistic, no one would be fooled eating it because it is made out of wax.

    Sathandra Greymaine - November 10, 2016

    For some reason this reminded me of the water melon issue. Not that the water melons were fake, but they sold this chemical to local farmers with the claim it would grow water melons much faster and larger. It did, but in many cases the water melons exploded before it could be sold to the public. Chemicals do get absorbed by the plant, scary to think what it may do to the human body.

WiseFundManager - June 9, 2016

Made in China Women are also toxic to your mental health and wallet.

Old Goat - June 20, 2016

I have seen frozen cod marked “wild caught in USA” But, on the back of the package it said processed in China. This led me to doing some research. It seems Chinese fishing boats do not have the same fish limit rules as US fishing boats. The Chinese can fill up their holds then take it home process it under who knows what conditions. Then sell it labeled “US wild caught” Buyer beware!!

challengeyourlimits - June 22, 2016

Nobody watches out for the American consumer of food because it is the American multinational food manufacturers who work directly with such manufacturing practices to increase their profit. How do we know what is made in China? We , most of the time have no guarantee.

Martin Fano - July 12, 2016

I avoid any foods from China…

rickrude22 - July 13, 2016

Proof or GTFO. I don’t doubt that China has some major quality and corruption issues, but the constant condemning of everything that comes from there is starting to get old.

Neil De Silva - July 29, 2016

If it comes from China….it Most Likely is NOT Food !

Colleen Levac - July 30, 2016

Chinese candy should be on this list to.

Gomma - September 25, 2016

Fuck. Everything. China. That’s it.

Paul Kyl - September 25, 2016

Don’t use any of their consumer electronics too, they ‘re deadly toxic, like iPads, iPhones, pcs, laptops. Oh wait, you ‘d need to live in a cave then.

What’s made in usa nowadays ?

Renaat Ceulenaere - September 25, 2016

I live for 5 years in China and can approve that most people here are very healthy ! If western companies want to import shit, I think it would be better to investigate these companies as to blame whole China.

Blu Casper - September 26, 2016

I found proof of artificial eggs, plastic rice, lettuce, cabbage and water melon. chinese foods are getting really dangerous for health.

Miyuki - October 31, 2016

This article had good intentions, but was full of fallacies and fear mongering. Yes, buying local and bring aware of what you eat is extremely important, but don’t be afraid to verify the facts yourself.
This article should have contained more evidence and research to back these cases up. Avoid all Chinese black pepper because ONE seller in China was caught selling mud? That’s what the article makes it sound like, and if that’s the case, then what are the actual chances that we would ever, in our lifetime, come across similar products in our local grocery store? If it’s a widespread problem in China, show the data. If these are actually (and not just “probably” or “assumedly”) affecting our food market in the states, then show us the data; show us the case evidence.

Import Data India - December 16, 2016

Great Post, This article is very informative for user. Thanks for sharing valuable Information..

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