This is the generic FAKE wasabi reviewed
Keep refrigerated after opening.- Distributed by S&B Foods Inc- Product of Japan
This product can be found in nearly every store anywhere in the world.It is what most people regard as the definitive representation of wasabi paste. Read on, because you will be surprised and probably shocked.
Ingredients (as listed on the package)
- Lactose (Milk)
- Corn OIl
- Artificial Flavour
- Xanthan Gum
- Citric Acid
- Artificial Color (FD&C Yellow #5, Blue #1)
As can be seen from the ingredients list this product does not contain one iota of true Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) and yet it chooses to misrepresent itself to the public by claiming that it is Wasabi.
Forgeries now available for this product, even down to box and tube printing.
Another problem is that there are forgeries of these products now available on the world market (they seem to mainly to come from China, but now Thailand seems to be doing it as well). Therefore, now you cannot be sure that you are getting the real “fake wasabi’ or something else that hasn’t declared all the ingredients and may be made in someone’s garden shed.
Horseradish - (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family (which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage). It is a root vegetable used as a spice.
Lactose is a disaccharide sugar composed of galactose and glucose that is found in milk. Lactose makes up around 2–8% of milk. Lactose intolerance is a condition in which people have symptoms due to the decreased ability to digest lactose. Not shown as a potential allergen.
Corn oil is oil extracted from the germ of corn. Its main use is in cooking, where its high smoke point makes refined corn oil a valuable frying oil. It is also a key ingredient in some margarines. Corn oil is generally less expensive than most other types of vegetable oils.
Sorbitol, less commonly known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly. This sweetener can have a laxative effect, and it is not recommended for consumption by children and those with sensitive digestion symptoms or a gastro-intestinal condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Sorbitol can cause diarrhea, bloating and gas unless it's consumed in small quantities. It may also cause abdominal pain in some cases. No warning on packaging.
Artificial flavors come from anything that is inedible (i.e petroleum) that is processed to create chemicals of flavorings. The synthetic chemicals in artificial flavors generally cost less to produce than finding natural sources of chemicals. There is no indication what this artificial flavor is supposed to be.
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to southern Asia, requiring temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. It is used as an agent to impart a golden yellow color. It is used in canned beverages, baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn color, cereals, sauces, gelatins, etc. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders. Not clear why this has been added unless it is to contribute to the green colour of the paste, or to add some spicy flavour.
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide secreted by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris, used as a food additive and rheology modifier, commonly used as a food thickening agent and a stabilizer. It has been found to be a highly efficient laxative.
Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid which is found in large quantities in fruits – notably citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and certain berries. Today, specific strains of the mold Aspergillus niger are used in the industrial production of the citric acid via a fermentation process. The acid provides a sharp, sour taste which increases appetite and enhances flavor. Note that citric acid and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are two completely different substances. Side effects include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Yellow #5 is Tartrazine and as such requires a special warning on food packages sold in the European Union. No such warning requirement exists in the United States, although Tartrazine (or Yellow No. 5) is always supposed to be identified on ingredients lists when used in packaged foods. Tartrazine appears to cause the most allergic and intolerance reactions of all the azo dyes, particularly among asthmatics and those with an aspirin intolerance.
Hyperactivity in Children
In children, yellow #5 has been found to cause hyperactivity. The FSA (Food Standards Agency) in Britain released a warning about yellow #5 and other food dyes in 2008, stating that they may cause hyperactivity and loss of concentration in children. They recommended that parents restrict the use of products containing these dyes.
Anxiety and Depression
In people sensitive to tartrazine, anxiety and depression, fatigue, headaches, and sleep problems have been reported.
Hives and itching have been reported in people who are sensitive to yellow #5.
People with asthma have been found to be especially sensitive to yellow #5, which can trigger their condition. Those whose asthma is triggered by aspirin may be the most sensitive to yellow #5.
Yellow #5 can sometimes be tainted with the carcinogenic chemicals benzidine and 4-aminob ciphenyl or with chemicals that can be converted into those chemicals by the body.
Blue #1 is also known as Brilliant Blue FCF (Blue 1) is an organic compound classified as a triarylmethane dye, reflecting its chemical structure. Known under various commercial names, it is a colorant for foods and other substances. It is denoted by E number E133. It can be combined with Tartrazine (E102) to produce various shades of green. It has the capacity for inducing allergic reactions in individuals with pre-existing moderate asthma. In 2003, the U.S. FDA issued a public health advisory to warn health care providers of the potential toxicity of this synthetic dye in enteral feeding solutions.
This product contains no wasabi whatsoever and appears to have no redeeming features except for its market penetration. In addition to that there are additives that have been shown to be harmful to the human body and my recommendation is that it should not be consumed. Look for better options by reading the ingredients list on any products you purchase.
Also I found when eating this product that it is very gritty and unpleasant on the tongue. Not a good experience at all.
You can purchase 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder here. This powder is freeze dried to retain all the ITC content and contains no additives. You can make your own Wasabi paste from this powder.
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