So… Red velvet is chocolate, but white chocolate isn’t. Your coffee isn’t what it claims to be, and neither is your pomegrenate juice, well, pomegrenate juice. Sometimes, even the most familiar ingredients aren’t what they seem.
So, um, most veggie patties are actually not made of vegetables, but are filled with ingredients like soy, wheat gluten and vegetable oil. Misleading much? On the plus side, you’ll find that real veggie patties are surprisingly easier to make at home, with your choice of fresh ingredients.
NEXT: Coffee →
You’re in for a shocker: Your fave caffeine fix may not be what you think it is. Ground coffee can contain additives such as wheat and barley; you’re not going to know the difference when it’s in the bag.
NEXT: Popcorn butter →
Your favourite butter topping for popcorn is not actually butter. This strange greasy liquid is typically made from hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial flavouring, and beta carotene. And with every pop – pun intended – you’re chalking way more calories as compared to actual butter.
NEXT: Wasabi →
Traditional Japanese wasabi is freshly grated and can cost up to $100 per pound. The chunk you’re getting (food gods forbid, squeezed out of a tube) is probably a combination of mustard, horseradish and food colouring.
NEXT: Crab meat →
The crab meat in your favourite sushi roll is technically a kamaboko, a processed seafood made out of the pulverized paste of white fish flesh, which is then treated with orange food colouring to make it look like the creature that lives on the bottom of the sea. So fish meat would be a more accurate name, and even that’s a stretch.
NEXT: Pomegrenate juice →
Pomegrenate juice has loads of nutritional benefits. Great! Not-so-great: there’s been a number of reports claiming that the majority of pomegrenate juice on the market is actually grape juice and grape skin.
NEXT: Red velvet →
What exactly is red velvet, anyway? Look up this dessert recipe and you’ll find that most suggest unsweetened cocoa powder and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. In other words, it’s basically artificially coloured chocolate.
NEXT: White chocolate →
Ironically, white chocolate, on the other hand, isn’t chocolate. It lacks the two must-have components that chocolates should have: chocolate liquour and cocoa solids. Which also means it’s missing the antioxidants that give the authentic nutritional benefits. Tip: Some white chocolates contain cocoa butter, and will be ivory-hued, not pure white.
NEXT: Maple syrup →
Traditional maple syrup can be healthy, but unfortunately, most that you find at your local supermarket aren’t. There are lots of commercial versions made of corn syrup and a ton of artificial additives.
NEXT: Bacon bits →
Bacon bits may not be as meaty as you thought they were. The crispy bites are actually made of artificially-flavoured textured soy flour and other vegan ingredients. So was that really bacon you had for breakfast?
NEXT: Veggie burgers →
By Natalya Molok, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, July 2017
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