5 Favorite Foods That May Be Faking You Out (PHOTOS)

Kobe beef slidersWe know we are what we eat, but do we know what we're eating? Chances are, not really. Even the most conscientious label readers among us can be fooled, because too often those labels are lying.

It's sad, scary, and true. According to the Huffington Post, food fraud is a growing trend. So much of our food today is imported, and it's pretty easy to fool most consumers. So buyer beware, especially of the following five common foods that are prime targets for fake substitutes. You'll never view the contents of your grocery cart the same way again.

  • Kobe Beef


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    You know that delicious Kobe beef we all fork over big bucks for because it's just so damn good? Turns out, it's not even Kobe beef. Larry Olmsted at Forbes calls it food's biggest lie. He says you can't even get Japanese beef in this country, and we're just eating “Faux-be” beef.

  • Olive Oil


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    This is one staple most of us have been told is worth a splurge. Turns out we're likely splurging on crap quality no matter how much we spend though. A recent article in The New Yorker, titled "Olive Oil's Dark Side" said it's the most adulterated agricultural product in the European Union.

  • Booze


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    Booze in general is a growing area of fraud, but vodka in particular has been in the spotlight because some fake versions contain dangerous chemicals that can make people sick or even go blind.

  • Milk


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    This one really burns me up because we spend so much money on milk. Apparently, much of it is watered down, or even worse, laced with chemicals. Experts say it's primarily a problem outside of the U.S., but that everyone should be informed, especially when it comes to powdered milk.


  • Farmer's Market Fare


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    Think you're being all healthy and natural shopping at your local farmer's market? Maybe, but maybe not. Over the years, there have plenty of reports that find some vendors flat out lie about where their food comes from and its organic nature.

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