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Five foods that are not what they seem

Updated on July 28, 2016

The packaging of a product or marketing around it, can create us a misconception about food, so the

Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), brings us five examples of foods that are not what they seem n to learn to open our eyes and we know a little more what we eat.

As it has happened with

burgers or fresh packaged juice drinks and milk, now the OCU exposes five foods that are not what they claim to be:

1. Fruit juices: juices claim to be but are actually nectars, and have only half of fruit, the rest is water and sugar. This happens with many juices, therefore, we must look very well the percentage of fruit and ingredients held by each product and its proportions.

2. York: under this name can find all kinds of pork ham less, thus achieving a lower quality product that allows reducing costs. We can also see a high percentage of water in the hams decreasing the proportion of meat and increasing the water content. It is important to note well the labeling information and its source to find out.

3. Grated gratin: though

all think of cheese, really is not, because according to the OCU is nothing more than a dairy product with cheaper than milk fat vegetable fats, therefore, does not melt easily and often burned to broil. In this type of products we can perhaps see a little more in the list of ingredients, as if not only cheese, something is wrong.

4. Mince packed: although it should only be meat, as

we above have between 65 and 90% meat, the remainder being starch, soy protein, preservatives, dyes and fat, in order to reduce costs, leaving a product of much lower quality that is clearly not what looks like.

5. Squids: many squid rings found in the supermarket are actually giant squid, other similar species that is usually tougher, therefore, are treated with water and phosphate to make them more tender. In addition, often we choose fresh rings that are actually defrosted and this should be clarified in the container.

These are, according to the analysis of the OCU,

five foods that are not what they seem and can confuse significantly, as consumers believe we are buying and eating something that really is not.

Besides looking very well labeled, it is clear that more regulation and analysis such as the OCU, which exposes these products that claim to be something that really are not and thus, mislead consumers need.

A good solution would be to change the name of the product and make it clear on its packaging, which truly are, so that in this way, we know what we are eating or picking at the time of purchase.

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