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In an explosive book, “Real Food Fake Food,” author Larry Olmsted exposes the breadth of counterfeit foods we’re unknowingly eating.

For example:

· Kobe steak when you order the $350 “Kobe steak” is fake

· Red Lobster’s lobster bisque contained a non-lobster meat called langoustine

· extra-virgin olive oil you use on salads has probably been cut with soybean or sunflower oil, plus a bunch of chemicals

· Virtually all salmon, red snapper and white tuna in sushi are fake

· Wild-caught salmon is often farmed and pumped up with pink coloring to look fresher

· Scallops are usually soaked in water and chemicals to up their weight, so vendors can up the price

· Grated Parmesan cheese is almost always fake. Some dairy products labeled “100% Parmesan” contained polymers and wood pulp.

· Many “grass-fed” beef is fake. All that stamp now means, he says, is that in addition to grass, the animals “can still be raised in an industrial feed lot and given drugs.

Sad part is – No one is checking.

Ninety-one percent of American seafood is imported, but the FDA is responsible for inspecting just 2 percent of those imports.

Why is it dangerous?

Seafood fraud puts pregnant women at risk; high levels of mercury in fish are known to cause birth defects.

Allergic reactions to shellfish have been known to cause paralysis.

So, what do you do?

· Next time you shop olive oil: Look for COOC Certified Extra Virgin

· Don’t buy any “sushi grade” or “sashimi grade” stuff. They are fakes.

· Look for the reliable logos MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) for wild-caught fish and BAP (Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices) for farmed

· Use Discount big-box stores such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Wal-Mart. They are as stringent with their standards as Whole Foods.

· Look at label PDO — Protected Designation of Origin. This gives the the highest guarantee of authenticity.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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