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Not many people are aware that the garlic we’re buying originates from China. According to a new report, the USA has imported about a third of its garlic supplies in 2014 from China, and this is not a big problem unless you know that Chinese garlic is toxic. Besides the suspicious quality control, the way this garlic is cultivated is a cause for concern.

The Chinese boost their produce with banned pesticides which can harm your health beyond repair. This is why you need to learn to recognize the toxic garlic and avoid it completely. The next time you’re in the grocery store and about to buy garlic, have this in mind:

  • Organic garlic has a much better taste than the Chinese one;
  • Chinese garlic is lighter and less bulbous;
  • Chinese farmers remove the root and stem of their garlic to reduce weight and cut shipping costs, so try getting garlic which has its stems and roots intact;

In order to avoid any potential health problems, always buy your garlic and fresh produce from local farmers.