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Common food Adulterants and simple tests to fight these !

Everyday someone somewhere is working on a devious plan to make the healthy food, poisonous for our families. And we seem helpless against this mischievous act that can cost us our health and even life. Let us wake up to the serious ill-effects of adulterated food on our health and fight it by being better informed. Yes, our intitiative for the month is to fight against this highly sofisticated Food Adulteration. 

The burning question we often face is "Whether are we giving our family good and safe food?"

 Now-a-days rarely any food item is spared from the venomous practice of adulteration. While we all have good knowledge about nutrition, what we fail to understand is about food safety. Food, when not consumed in a healthy form, is sure to harm our body. We need to maintain high standard of quality in terms of what we buy and bring home and what we cook and serve. Many a times we unknowingly consume food that is adulterated because just visual inspection will not guide us. So here are our tested steps: 

Milk - is adulterated with water and detergent - We can check this by pouring a drop of milk in a polished slanting surface. If it leaves a white trail, then it is pure. If it is adulterated, it will flow immediately leaving no mark. Similarly, shake 10 ml of milk with an equal amount of water. The lather formed is an indication that the milk has detergent in it. The milk is said to be synthetic if it tastes bitter, leave a soapy feeling when rubbed between fingers. Synthetic milk also turns yellow on heating. 

Curd – is generally adulterated with Vanaspati- To check , add few drops of HCL acid to a tsp of curd and if the mixture turns red in 5 minutes, the curd is been adulterated.
Ghee and Butter – mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and starch are its adulterants- Just add few drops of iodine to ghee/butter and it will turn blue if it is adulterated.

Paneer – Starch gets added to paneer – if we add few drops of iodine to a small quantity of paneer and if it turns blue, it indicates the presence of starch.

Coconut oil – This is adulterated with other types of oil and to find out this, just refrigerate the coconut oil for some time. The coconut oil will solidify leaving the adulterant as a separate layer.
Sugar and Jaggery – Chalk powder gets added to it – Just dissolve a little bit of sugar/jiggery in water and allow it to settle. You find a layer of chalk settled down.

Honey – This gets adulterated with sugar water – If you dip a cotton bud in the pure honey, it will burn when lit with match stick. Else the honey has sugar water more.

Turmeric powder– A yellow stone soap powder gets added to it – just add a few drops of HCL to a tsp of turmeric and if it is adulterated it will give off bubbles.

Chilli powder- Usually brick powder or artificial colours are added to this – just sprinkle some chilli powder in a glass of water. Artificial colours will descend as coloured streaks.
Cumin seeds when rubbed in our palms leave black stain in our palm, it is adulterated


There is so much more, we need to protect our families against. So come back as we interview and bring you the best cautions and advices from the experts in the medical and nutrition fields. Till then Eat Safe, Stay Healthy. 

Comments (13)

Bala Posted on Oct 11, 2017

That was some excellent tips to make aware the crime that people do through food and other intakes. It is now extremely important to spread this awareness to bring change in the way we look at food and stay healthy and bring change to the society as well.

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Suman Nagarajan Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Thanks for the info. Awareness among people is definitely required. High time all of us take some initiative and create awareness among our neighbours and our acquaintances, as this would help spread the information against adulteration. All the best for this great intiative.

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Soumya Prajith Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Good information...definitely we will try

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Radhika S R Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Let’s join our hands to fight against adulteration by being informative and sharing the same with our family and friends.

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Shyla Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Good information about food items, it is really very useful for daily life I definitely try for my healthy family

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Gayathri A Desai Posted on Oct 04, 2017

We would have known and used many of these things. But we would never have tested their quality. after reading this post, I think we should be alert enough to test the adulteration of food. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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Nabaneetam Posted on Oct 03, 2017

Very informative story on food adulteration.

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Kavita Sriram Posted on Oct 03, 2017

Remember Baba Ramdev\'s slogan against colas - \' tanda mathlab toilet cleaner\'.\r\nBut now it appears we have even brick and chalk powder, colours, starch and detergent in our kitchen shelves!

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Sindhu Manoj Posted on Oct 03, 2017

This discussion is very timely. Adulterants have found their way into the most commonly used food items. The tips mentioned here are simple and can be easily done at home,

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Sumitha Posted on Oct 03, 2017

Good information.... In our busy life where we are not able to fulfil a healthy food to family... But certainly as a mother I should take care of my children\'s health....

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Shanthi S Prasad Posted on Oct 02, 2017

Good information on adulteration!\r\nAll the items mentioned are certainly a part of any one of the meals in a day...which means slow poisoning. Let’s be aware and protect our families and friends.

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Vidhya Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Good information...

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Noor Bhatia Posted on Sep 18, 2017

I also believe the same, these things to check adulteration sounds interesting.... will definitely try.

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