Ever go to the grocery store to purchase items on your list but end up buying the wrong product? In order to help prevent you from making a second trip to the grocery store, the KOR team has provided you with a list of food items that are commonly mistaken for each other.
Ginger Ale vs. Ginger Beer
With similar names, it’s understandable that people commonly confuse these two beverages. Ginger beer is brewed and fermented so it is less carbonated than ginger ale, which is made with carbonated water and flavored with ginger. Ginger beer is an ingredient in popular cocktails like Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy, where ginger ale is used as a soda to complement a dish or as a drink to sooth an upset stomach. While ginger beer may sound like an alcoholic beverage, today’s brews are non-alcoholic since their alcohol content is less than 0.5%.
Banana vs. Plantains
As a member of the banana family, plantains are commonly mistaken for green, unripe bananas. Unsuitable to eat raw, plantains are starchy like traditional bananas, but are very low in sugar. They also have thick skin and are used in many Spanish dishes. Bananas, which are generally sweeter and smaller than plantains, can be eaten raw and are a great source of potassium. Although there are many differences between bananas and plantains, both are highly nutritious and contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Cocoa Powder vs. Cacao Powder
According to the FDA, cocoa powder and cacao powder are in fact the same product, but have been labeled under different names. The only difference is that cacao powder is raw and unsweetened, whereas cocoa powder has been exposed to a heat process over 110°F, so it may have a very small amount of cocoa butter present. Cacao powder is popular to use in smoothies and cocoa powder is commonly used in baking, although they can both be used interchangeably.
We hope that this list has given you some clarity on commonly mistaken grocery items. Hopefully your next trip to the store is a breeze!