Five Foods and Their Common, Fraudulent Substitutes

Imposters revealed

Some foods are more susceptible to being impersonated than others. These five foods account for the highest number of reported cases of fraud, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

This kitchen staple shows up diluted with cheaper oils, such as palm, sunflower, vegetable or no olive oil at all.

The natural sweetener is often cut with cheaper alternatives such as high fructose corn syrup. FDA guidelines prohibits labeling of versions that are not 100 percent honey.

The most expensive spice in the world might contain added barium sulfate, borax, sandalwood dust and glycerin. A yellow dye called tartrazine is often used to give fakes a golden color.

One of the most oft-reported fraudulent foods, orange juice can be diluted with juices from other less desirable fruits or bulked up with additives including corn syrup.

Fakes include escolar sold as tuna and farmed species marketed as wild caught fish.

Jodi Helmer is a North Carolina-based journalist and beekeeper. She would never eat (or sell) fake honey.