Today, we sometimes buy "fake foods" deliberately. No one's confused when they buy Quorn rather than mincemeat or tofu rather than pork. We know we're buying meat substitutes in an effort to eat a little more healthily than before. That's not what we're identifying here. You might be surprised to read that some companies produce "fake foods" in an effort to cash in on things the public like. Okay, it makes some financial sense to go to all the effort to make fake caviar when that currently retails for around £30 an ounce but is there any need to fake burger meat or whipped cream or blueberries? The producers of the foods looked at her obviously make money from them or they wouldn't go to the effort to make them, would they?
We'll start with the food that makes sense to fake. It's so expensive that most people who buy the fake stuff won't know they're eating something that was created to resemble caviar. At £30 an ounce for the real stuff, the fake stuff can easily undercut the real stuff and find a market. Caviar is faked more than any other food. And the real problem is that it's very difficult to tell the fake from the real stuff. Even experts who eat a lot of the stuff agree that fake foods like capelin used in place of flying fish caviar and pike caviar that's coloured and sold as black caviar taste similar to the real thing.
Approximately one-third of all "caviar" sold in Europe is fake. The one to look out for and to avoid is red caviar as it's the easiest to fake. The fake stuff is a mixture of fish soup, oils, gelatine and food colouring. You might also find seaweed sold as caviar however that stuff's easier to spot. If you're buying caviar, remember the following tips. Genuine black caviar isn't perfect. All the pieces are of different sizes. Flying fish caviar is slightly larger than capelin and genuine red caviar isn't sticky and it smells like fish normally smell.
This is food at the other end of the price spectrum. There's no monetary reason to buy fake green peas but you might be convinced to buy peas from their source of production thinking they'll be the freshest available. Some buyers have done that an ended up with a mixture of soybeans, snow peas and colourant instead of garden peas. Some fake peas have sodium metabisulfite in them. This harmful substance is banned in many countries because consuming it can lead to metabolism issues and there's a higher risk of cancer if you consume it too much.