China is the world’s largest producer of rice. They harvest over 200 million tons per year which is exported all over the world.
We should be very careful with using the rice from China, because it can be high in pesticides. But, what is even worse, this rice can be manufactured artificially, according to a report in The Korea Times.
Consumption of artificial rice can be very dangerous! Doctors warn people that fake rice contains as much plastic as there is in a little plastic bag.
In addition you can find four simple tricks that will show you if the rice you are using is a plastic free.
The Water Test
Prepare a glass of cold water and pour one tablespoon of uncooked rice. The real rice should fall to the bottom of the glass for some time. If it doesn’t, you should be careful!
The Mortar and Pestle Test
Try to crush a few grains of rice using a mortar and pestle. If the rice is good it should be reduced to a fine, white and starchy powder.
In case of artificial rice, you will notice a light yellow discoloration.
The Fire Test
You can try to put uncooked rice on fire. If it start to burn right away and smell like burned plastic, that means it’s not good!
The Mold Test
This test is the best way to check if the rice you cooked is safe. Just put several grains of cooked rice in a airtight container and let it stay in a warm place. If the rice is good it will become gotten moldy after couple of days.