What Are You Really Eating?

Hey Thoughty2 here Do you know what you’re eating? I mean, do you really know? Because you may think you do, but you’ve been lied to your entire life

Now this may be hard to stomach, but a lot of the food you eat is fake Okay, this is not true for everyone watching Different countries have vastly different food regulations and some countries are far, far worse offenders at dishing up fake food to its citizens, I’ll reveal the worst countries for doing this in a minute but first let’s take a jar of harmless honey It’s touted as one of nature’s superfoods, it can prevent cancer and heart disease It’s a powerful probiotic and it boosts your immune system

And all of that is true, if you’re eating real honey that is Germany is the world’s largest importer of honey; those Germans love their honey! But the world’s second largest honey importer, America tells a different story when it comes to this supposedly wholly natural product A study found that over 75% of honey sold in the US doesn’t contain any honey According to the FDA, honey has to contain pollen, otherwise it isn’t honey It was discovered that the vast majority of commercial honey brands on the shelves of American stores contained no pollen at all and therefore were not actually honey at all

So if all this honey isn’t honey, then what is it? Well there are many different, carefully engineered cocktails of artificial ingredients that are used to replicate real honey and each producer uses their own unique mixture Most are mainly made up from the infamous high-fructose corn syrup, sometimes labelled as Maltitol syrup, cut with sucrose syrup and water Sometimes some plant extracts and essential oils are thrown in there, if you’re lucky So you thought you were being healthy by swapping your pancake syrup for honey, but in reality it’s probably the exact same thing So why do American honey producers sell billions of dollar’s worth of artificial sugars labelled as honey? Simple economics; real honey is expensive, just think about what has to happen to make honey

Bees have to visit 2 million flowers to produce just one cup of honey, travelling 55,000 miles in the process And over its entire lifetime a single bee will produce just half a teaspoon of honey High-fructose corn syrup and other similar ingredients are incredibly cheap to produce and so companies can sell fake honey for much cheaper to consumers, who are non-the-wiser There are also no regulations in place in America concerning the actual percentage of real honey-content required In Europe there are very strict rules about what can be labelled and sold as honey

European regulations dictate that anything sold as “honey” must contain at least 60% actual honey and cannot contain more than 5% sucrose, ie syrups The vast majority of honey sold across Europe was found to be 100% honey Through no fault of their own American’s are also not use to the idea that honey crystalizes very quickly and 100% raw honey will usually already be highly crystalized when you take it off the shelf

Honey never spoils and crystallization is completely normal, after all, it is a sugar and sugar just loves to crystalize Europeans have always been sold crystalized honey and so, are use to the idea A survey found that most American’s would wrongly consider crystalized honey to be spoilt But when you’re selling syrups disguised as honey, you don’t have to worry about crystallization 2

3 Billion cups of coffee are drank around the world every day but what goes into your cup? Let me guess, ground coffee or instant coffee (if you’re an animal), hot water, then maybe milk or cream and perhaps some sugar Oh and of course, let’s not forget the wheat, soybeans, seeds, corn, twigs and dirt Yes, you heard me correctly, your ground coffee, which should just be coffee and nothing else, surely? …actually contains a whole array of fillers and more often than not these fillers contain twigs and dirt Well you did say you like coffees with an earthy flavour Coffee is in trouble, big trouble

Coffee is very sensitive, it doesn’t like being called names, but it’s also very picky about where it’s grown The plant will only produce coffee seeds, known to us all as coffee beans, in humid, and very altitudinous mountainous areas According to several experts, climate change is threatening these sensitive environments and forecasts show that by 2050, half of the regions in the world where coffee can be grown will be lost and by 2080 coffee could go extinct Due to growing fears, some unscrupulous ground coffee manufacturers have resorted to padding out their coffee using fillers such as soybeans, acai seeds, brown sugar, barley and corn Some by-products of coffee production that should be removed from the final product are also purposely being left in to fill it out

Such as wood, twigs, parchment, husks and even soil If you buy whole beans then don’t worry, there won’t be any fillers in there Brazilian scientists were so concerned about this that they developed a brand new technique using liquid chromatography and statistical analysis that allowed them to detect exactly what percentage of a bag of ground coffee is actual coffee The procedure is 95% accurate What they discovered was that some brands of ground coffee have such a high percentage of fillers in them that they must be purposely added in, there’s no way it’s an accident

If coffee isn’t your thing, then maybe orange juice is You may have been told many times that most orange juices are artificial, but do you really know just how artificial? What if I told you that the flavour of most major orange juice brands is 100% fake? To make orange juice you squeeze oranges right? Maybe throw in some preservatives and added sugar No, that would just be too easy for big brand orange juices! They squeeze oranges then remove all the oxygen from the extracted juice, this allows the juice to keep for a year without spoiling, yes your morning juice is anywhere from a few months to a year old But that’s not all that removing oxygen does, it also removes all of the natural flavour and I mean all of it So you’re left with a very old, completely tasteless liquid that slightly resembles something that came out of an orange once

The orange flavour is then artificially re-added to the juice using a concoction of artificial flavourings But why purposely remove the flavour then put it in again, if it only makes it worse? I mean that’s not easy or cheap to do It’s all about consistency, each big brand orange juice has their own unique flavour that customers are very familiar with Imagine if the taste of Tropicana changed slightly, millions of people would notice The natural flavour from oranges is just not consistent enough to stick a brand name on it and have people associate that flavour with that particular brand, because the flavour would constantly change, depending on the variety, location of the oranges and time of year

Orange juice manufacturers spend millions hiring flavour and fragrance experts The very same people that work for large perfume companies, to create a unique and recognisable orange-juice-like flavour, just for their product The worst part is that the flavourings don’t even have to be listed under the ingredients, because they’re derived from orange oils Which is a dubious claim, but it technically means these artificially flavoured drinks can be sold as 100% orange juice So I bet you’re wondering which of your favourite foods I’m going to ruin next

What about a simple steak? “No! Not the steak!” A steak is just a single cut of beef right? What could possibly be suspicious about that? Well if you opt for cheaper steaks, whether it be from the supermarket or even your local butcher, you could be eating tens of different cows in a single steak You’re purchasing Frankenstein steaks that have actually been glued together from a whole array of offcuts And this doesn’t just happen with beef, it could be lamb, pork, venison, or any meat really When many animals are being turned into various types of small food products, ready to throw into a pan at home, a lot of waste is created and general chunks of meat that would most likely get thrown away Some unscrupulous companies and butchers use a meat glue called “transglutaminase”, that’s well known within the food industry and completely untraceable within the final product

They basically glue together the leftover pieces, which could have come from many different cows, to create a Frankenstein steak, for your enjoyment Transglutaminase is so good at fusing meat together it would take an expert to examine a steak closely to detect any wrong doing The best part? It’s not a legal requirement to list it as an ingredient So to be safe, just stay away from cheap steaks, but what if you already do? Maybe you are a cow connoisseur who opts to spend 40, 50 or even 100 dollars or more on a single steak in a restaurant And your favourite steak of all is the very pricey Kobe beef

The Kobe beef craze has taken America in particular, by storm Thousands of restaurants all over the country and many large chains now offer highly-priced Kobe beef burgers, Kobe steaks and other Kobe beef products on their menus Kobe beef comes from Kobe cows, a breed of Wagyu cattle that comes from Japan The steaks they produce are prized by chefs the world over for their impressive fat-marbling, flavour, and melt-in-your-mouth texture It is the ultimate steak

But it’s incredibly exclusive, Kobe beef can only come from Japan and just 3,000 cattle are deemed worthy enough to be slaughtered and turned into Kobe beef each year They are all fathered by just 12 highly-prized bulls, that are considered “genetically ideal” Sounds to me like they’re trying to create a cow master-race over there Kobe cows are fed beer and sake to improve flavour Every cow is massaged daily to improve fat marbling

Hell, I want to be a Kobe cow That’s some serious dedication to creating a tasty steak and it doesn’t come cheap, it varies but it will cost you on average about $350 to eat a real Kobe steak in a restaurant Because supplies are purposely kept small to focus on quality, the amount of real Kobe beef that reaches the US each year would only feed 77 Americans Yet millions of Americans are going out and regularly eating Kobe beef in restaurants and buying it from the store to cook at home, for far, far less than $350 per steak So what’s going on here? It’s one of the biggest food scams in America’s history

As you have probably guessed by now, the vast, vast majority of so-called Kobe beef sold in America is just plain old regular beef, that has never even been to Japan It’s just outright lying and clever marketing, if you can call it clever Some farms in America are now creating fake Kobe beef for much cheaper, often called “Faux-be beef” by those in the know This fake Kobe is sold in thousands of restaurants for upwards of $100 a steak But in reality there are only 9 restaurants in America that sell real Kobe beef, imported from Japan; yes, just 9 and they have a special license, allowing them to cook and sell it

The fake food you consume in the average day is sickening Your olive oil is actually peanut oil, soyabean oil and palm oil Your cheese and even bread contains wood pulp, yes wood pulp, which the FDA says is safe to eat Thanks for the advice, but last time I checked I wasn’t a beaver Your dried spices contain a large amount of garden weeds

Your tea contains sawdust and sand Blueberries are often faked, most products containing blueberries, such as muffins, cereals and pancakes contain precisely zero blueberries Real blueberries are expensive and so food scientists have perfected a recipe of sugar, purple dye and other questionable ingredients to craft imitation blueberries, with no health benefits whatsoever In America most of the Champagne sold is not actually Champagne, most people believe that it’s illegal to sell sparkling wine as “Champagne” if it doesn’t originate from the Champagne province in France and produced is using the “Méthode Champenoise”, a second fermentation within the bottle Well yes, this is true, in every country in the World, except America

A 100-year-old legal loophole allows any American sparkling wine, a simple bottle of Californian bubbly for example, to be sold as Champagne within America Do this in any other country and French lawsuits would take your fake Champers off the shelves faster than you can say “Is this the bloody French inquisition or what…” Of course all of this changes depending on where you live in the World Every country has its own unique food regulations and different levels of food quality But which countries have the most fake food and which have the least? British charity, Oxfam conducted a study comparing the quality of food in every country in the World The best countries in the world overall for food quality, and lack of food-related health issues were found to be The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden

But shockingly, at the other end of the spectrum was America, for quality and health issues the USA ranked 120th out of 125 countries, putting it in the same league as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Ethiopia and Chad It’s one of life’s great ironies that the world’s wealthiest superpower has some of the lowest quality food in the world But it’s not the fault of the American peoples, large American food companies that have monopolised the market use every trick in the book and some horrifying techniques and chemicals to make terribly poor quality food seem more appealing to shoppers And in America and some other countries, the regulations just aren’t in place to properly regulate what goes into people’s food, at least they’re nowhere near stringent enough But just remember, every time you shop, you are voting

Avoiding cheap, processed and general dodgy-looking produce will reduce the demand for it Choosing to instead shop at local stores with real, high quality food will make a difference, and you’ll live a longer, happier life as well, for the sake of a bit less convenience You wouldn’t eat garbage out the bin so don’t settle for buying it off the shelves Thanks for watching

About Thoughty2

Thoughty2 (Arran) is a British YouTuber and gatekeeper of useless facts. Thoughty2 creates mind-blowing factual videos, on the weirdest, wackiest and most interesting topics. Combining fascinating lists with answers to life's biggest questions.

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