The label “Made In China” is so ubiquitous in the U.S., that we expect to see it on the majority of goods in our homes. However, one place you may not expect to see it is on foods you eat every day.

This list of “10 Common Foods You Had No Idea Come From China” comes from TheHeartySoul, and it might just surprise you.


1. Tilapia:
Tilapia is commonly fish-farmed in China. These fish are some of the worst, most toxic and unhealthy fish that you can come across. A tilapia fish will eat anything, comparable to a bottom-feeder fish and fish farming is a small pool of wastewater that the fish live in. It’s one of the worst fish purchases you could buy and it’s commonly known that in China the seafood farmers won’t even let their children eat the seafood that they farm, that should tell you something. 80% of the Tilapia in America comes from China.

2. Cod Fish:
Cod is another type of fish that is fish farmed in China. This fish is not healthy and lives in its own waste. Currently, just over 50% of American Cod comes from China.

3. Processed Mushrooms:
US inspectors have found tainted mushrooms from China. Some manufacturers in China go so far as to label these processed mushrooms organic to increase their profits. If you do a google search you’ll find that there are many “mystery mushrooms” in China, completely fake. 34% of processed mushrooms are from China. Do your best to know your source, buy local and true organic!

4. Chinese Apple Juice:
Believe it or not approximately 50% of the apple juice sold in the United States comes from China. China is the LARGEST pesticide producing country in the world and they haven’t even begun to address pesticide or chemical residue on foods. I recommend completely avoiding apple juice, for yourself and your children. Fruit juice is too rich in sugar and is better mixed with vegetable juice for your blood sugar levels.

5. Chicken:
In 2013 the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America. Many food safety experts are concerned with the quality of this chicken as China is a country where avian influenza and food-borne illness are common. Beyond that, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world and is polluted by not only that but mass production and industry

6. Chinese Garlic:
Us inspectors have also found tainted garlic from China. Garlic from China is sprayed with chemicals more than abundantly and this garlic leaves a bad aftertaste, that of a chemical concoction. 31% of Garlic sold in the US is from China.

7. Plastic Rice:
It is believed that it is actually made from potatoes and a fake synthetic resin. When boiled, the rice stays hard and doesn’t cook like regular rice. It is believed that long-term effects of this food could be cancerous.

8. Mud (Sold As Black Pepper):
A vendor in China collected mud and sold it as black pepper, and also took flour and sold it as white pepper. Call it whatever you want and sell away! The Chinese don’t have a lot of due diligence in their food and safety regulatory systems. Not that these are always great, just look at America! We have standards but very low standards at best.

9. Industrial Salt:
Industrial salt is unfit for human consumption yet Industrial salt was sold as table salt for 13 years! Industrial salt can cause both mental and physical issues, hypothyroid problems as well as reproductive system disorders.

10. Green Peas: 
In 2005, fake green peas were found in China, consisting of a mixture of snow peas, soy beans, a green dye that is a known carcinogen, and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that’s often used as bleach). These “peas” did not soften when boiled, and turned the water a sickly green color.

Now that you know about these foods, the best way to avoid them would be to be an informed shopper. Talk to your grocer, find out about local farmers in your area, and just generally ask lots of questions. Whenever possible, try buying locally and organically – your body will thank you.

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The label “Made In China” is so ubiquitous in the U.S., that we expect to see it on the majority of goods in our homes. However, one place you may not expect to see it is on foods you eat every day. This list of “10 Common Foods You Had...