By this point, it’s common knowledge that a whole lot of the foods we’re being sold aren’t exactly what they’re marketed as. Words like “natural” “organic” and “farm-fresh” are deployed pretty much whenever restaurants feel like it, without necessarily meeting the criteria.
Turns out, this issue of fraudulent food goes far deeper than previously imagined. And it’s not just fast and processed food that’s the culprit! Foods like sushi, and “Kobe” beef are probably not what they’re listed as on the menu.
Larry Olmsted recently published a book outlining the culinary world, and the imposter food you’re likely to encounter. “Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do about It” takes readers through the most offensive culprits of food imitation.
What are the worst offenders? Think salmon, honey, even coffee! Olmsted argues that we’re being duped, and it’s happening on a much larger scale than one might predict. The greatest tragedy isn’t the dollars lost, shelled out on “gourmet” products that are really just run-of-the-mill. Instead, it’s the opportunity to taste some truly delicious grub that we’re denied by being served up counterfeit!
Hopefully, if word gets out, consumers can stand up for what we know is fair, and get ourselves some quality food in the process.