Here’s How to Identify Rice That Contains Plastic
The greatest producer of rice in the world is China. The Middle Kingdom harvests more than 200 million tons every year and a big portion of it gets exported to different parts of the world.
Both cooks and diners should take care because the countless amounts of pesticides the Chinese agriculture uses end up in the rice. A report in The Korea Times has informed that rice is now being manufactured artificially.
The rice-shaped kernels are made of potato starch and plastic (synthetic resin for example).
In the end, the grains are being steamed with a typical rice aroma. Doctors from all over the world warn that this artificial product is very bad: namely, three full portions contain as much plastic as a little plastic bad, which is alarming.
Here are several simple tricks that can help you test the rice you buy and find out if it is wholesome or plastic:
The Water Test
Add a tablespoon of uncooked rice into a glass of cold water. If the rice falls down to the bottom of the glass, it is real one. If the grains remain floating on the surface of the water, you should be very careful.
The Fire Test
Take a small amount of rice and put it on fire using a match or a lighter. If the grains begin burning immediately and smell like burning plastic, you should not eat them as they are plastic one.
The Mortar and Pestle Test
Take a mortar and pestle and crush a couple of grains of rice. If they turn into a fine, white starchy powder, they are fine.
If they turn into a light yellow discoloration, the grains of rice are artificial.
The Mold Test
The cooked rice can be easily tested by putting a small amount into an airtight container and leaving it in a warm place.
After several days, check on the cooked rice: if it has gotten moldy, it is real one. The fake rice would have stayed mold-free.
Try these tricks and stay on the safe side. Make sure you share this information with your friends and family, especially those who eat a lot of rice, and no one will have to eat plastic.
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