Health Alert! How To Identify Fake Eggs From China? Truth Behind Artificial Eggs

Artificially prepared with harmful chemicals, the Chinese eggs have serious health hazards. Read to know, how to identify these fake eggs from real ones.

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“It’s time for a healthy breakfast!” – Often you get to hear, your mom yelling out every other morning! And the best breakfast to chose is, the egg breakfast. artificial chinese eggsNot only the eggs comes out to be simple in cooking, but they are really healthy for hair, immunity, metabolism, and strength building!
But, not now! The artificial, unhealthy and fake eggs from China has hit the Indian markets seriously!

The health officials had announced recently, to avoid eating eggs. The main reason behind this alert is, the artificial and fake eggs have been in Indian markets for a while. Though, these fake eggs first came into circulation in India, a few months back. But, now they have penetrated in the wholesale distribution system lately.

What’s in the fake eggs? “Ande Ka Funda”

How to Identify Fake Eggs?

In the viral video made in Penang, Malaysia, SM Mohamed Idris is the President of Consumers Association of Penang. He said that a housewife had brought fake eggs to his office after finding something strange when she tried to cook them. Subsequently, the fake eggs were reported by the Penang Health Department, Malaysia few years back. Though,it is really tough to differentiate between a real egg and a fake one. egg openBut, SM Md Idris explained in a discreet way, how to identify fake eggs easily. Here are the few differentiating features of fake eggs, you must know-

  1. Fake eggs are larger in shape than the usual real ones.
  2. Fake eggs have more rougher surface than the genuine eggs.
  3. When broken, these fake eggs have no sign of Chalazae, a matter that holds the egg yolk.
  4. When broken, the fake egg yolk disintegrates and mixes with the egg white.
  5. Fake egg yolk is darker yellowish hue.
  6. When frying a fake egg, the yolk will mix with the white part, even without touching.
  7. The fake eggs do not smell raw when left broken. Furthermore, they do not either attract ants, flies and any other insects. While, real fresh eggs smell like raw meat, and attract flies and ants, when left open.

How these fake eggs are prepared? Step-by-step Method

The process of preparing an artificial egg is a tedious one. These eggs are produced by mixing various chemicals, finally shaping them into natural looking ones.

The fake egg white is made by mixing Sodium Alginate to warm water. Then Gelatin, Benzoic Acid and Alum are added to the mixture, giving these eggs a softer gelatinous texture.

The egg yolk is made by mixing a coloring agent to the above described mixture. And the egg membrane is made by using Calcium Chloride. These artificial yolk are produced in the round and spherical mould, to give a natural look.

The fake egg shell is made from Calcium Carbonate, Paraffin wax and Gypsum powder to give it a natural look and feel.

The main objective to prepare artificial eggs is obvious. To make money easily with the cheaper chemicals, rather than waiting for hen to lay eggs.

Health hazards by consuming artificial Chinese eggs

Serious health implications have been reported from various parts of South East Asia by consuming artificial and fake eggs from Chinese origin.

Calcium Chloride

Calcium Chloride is actually a dough strengthening and raising agent. But serious exposures may lead to respiratory problems, gastrointestinal problems and skin irritation.

Benzoic Acid

Though, Benzoic Acid is a natural constituent of many fruits, is a preservative agent in many ice-cream manufacturing, and baking. This compound is particularly dangerous in patients with liver problems. It may actually lead to liver cirrhosis and finally liver failure. People sensitive to Aspirin should also avoid Benzoic Acid preserved edibles.

In children, the ingestion of Benzoic Acid may lead to brain damage, serious neurological insult and retardation.

Alum

Alum is the cheapest compound available today. It is an Aluminium compound, and frankly speaking, it has no beneficial role in human body metabolism. Aluminium doesn’t support life and it heavily toxic, when ingested. US Government funded NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) indicates, increased oral aluminium absorption has been suggested in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Down’s subjects. Higher concentrations are seen in uraemia and higher still in dialysis encephalopathy.

NCBI

NCBI Report on toxicity of Aluminium compounds in human diet

Sodium Alginate

Sodium Alginate can cause gastrointestinal problems like, bloating, diarrhea, and nausea. It may lead to maternal death, when consumed in higher amounts during the pregnancy.

Gypsum Powder

Gypsum Powder contains Calcium Sulfate, which is used as an additive in ice-creams, making cheese, and baking breads. Inhalation of Gypsum can lead to serious respiratory compromise and lung dysfunction.

Why are these eggs called as Chinese eggs?

The origin of fake egg news were originated back in 2005 by some Chinese News Agencies. Since then, these eggs have been supplied to most of the countries, viz Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and now India. These news actually hit the costal areas of Indian subcontinent in 2016, affecting Kerala and Tamil Nadu the most. The Ministry of Health, India is yet to take a serious action on such health menace.

 

Conclusion in Hindi (हिंदी में सार)

नक़ली अण्डे कैसे बनाये जाते हैं

एक कृत्रिम अंडे तैयार करने की प्रक्रिया कठिन है। ये अंडे विभिन्न रसायनों के मिश्रण से तैयार किये जाते हैं ताकि ये असली अण्डों जैसा दिखें.

नकली अंडे का सफेद पोषण Sodium Alginate मिश्रण पानी गर्म करने के द्वारा किया जाता है। फिर जिलेटिन, benzoic एसिड और फिटकिरी मिश्रण करके इसे मिलाया जाता है. इस तरह से ये चेमिकल्स इन अंडों एक नरम पतला बनावट देते है।

अंडे की कृत्रिम जर्दी बनाने के लिए गोलाकार सांचे का उपयोग किया जाता है, और सफेदी वाला भाग बनाने वाली चेमिकल्स के अलावा इसमें रंग का प्रयोग किया जाता है, जो इसे पीला रंग देता है. साथ ही में अंडे की झिल्ली कैल्शियम क्लोराइड का उपयोग करके बनाया जाता है.

नकली अंडे का खोल यह एक प्राकृतिक दिखने और महसूस करने के लिए कैल्शियम कार्बोनेट, पैराफिन मोम और जिप्सम पाउडर का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है।
कृत्रिम अंडे तैयार करने के लिए मुख्य उद्देश्य स्पष्ट है – मुर्गी के अंडे देना का इंतज़ार की तुलना में सस्ता रसायनों के साथ अण्डे तैयार करके, सस्ते में बेच कर आसानी से पैसा बनाना।

असली और नकली अण्डों की पहचान कैसे करें

असली और नकली अण्डों की पहचान बहुत मुश्किल होती है, पर नीचे दिए हुई जानकारी से आप पता लगा सकते हैं की कोनसा अण्डा नक़ली और कोनसा असली है-

१. नकली अण्डे सामान्य अण्डों की तुलना में वास्तविक आकार में बड़े होते हैं।
२. नकली अंडे वास्तविक अंडे की तुलना में अधिक खुरदरी सतह के होते हैं।
३. जब नकली अण्डा टूटता है , इन नकली अंडे में से Chalazae नाम का अंश नहीं मिलता है, ये चल अण्डे की ज़र्दी को बाँध के रखता है. और ये Chalazae सिर्फ असली अण्डों में मिलता है।
४. जब नकली अण्डा टूटता है, नकली अण्डे की जर्दी विखंडित होकर अण्डे का सफेद भाग के साथ मिल जाता है।
५. नकली अंडे की जर्दी गहरा पीले रंग की होती है।
६. जब एक नकली अण्डे को तला जाता है, तो ज़र्दी का भाग, बिना छूए अण्डे की सफेदी वाले भाग से मिल जाती है।
७. नकली कच्चे अण्डों में कोई महक नहीं होती, नाही ये अंडे टूटने के बाद चीटियों और अन्य जीव जंतुओं को आकर्षित करते हैं. जबकि, असली अण्डे में कच्चे मांस की गंधः होती है, और वह टूटने के बादचीटियों और अन्य जीव जंतुओं को आकर्षित करते हैं।

Conclusion

Whatever may be the source of origin, it is prudent to stay aware about various health hazards. Hope, you found this article triggers the awareness in your for your healthy well being. Beware of the artificial eggs currently being sold in the Indian Market, and stay fit!