IDENTIFY FOOD FAKES IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM TODAY

We are a well known country for food adulteration. Our foods are adulterated for various reasons and the main being cost cutting and increase in profit margins. But little do the makers realise, in this process what we are actually doing is playing with the life’s of the people of our country. Every second day we hear about children developing cancerous problems and elders dying because of these adulterated foods that are right in our kitchens ladder!! Here are a few foods that are adulterated usually, read about the foods and how you can check and test if they are adulterated. Be aware… be wise.

1. Chilli Powder

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Source: foodnetwork.com

Adulterant: Powdered brick, salt or talcum

How to spot: Mix a teaspoon of chilli powder in a glass of water. If it leaches colour into the water, it is adulterated with an earthy material like brick.

 
2. Khoya, Paneer

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Source: indiamart.com

Adulterant: Starch

How to spot: Boil with some water, cool and add a few drops of Iodine solution. Blue colour indicates the presence of starch
 
3. Coconut oil

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Source: organicfacts.net

Adulterant: Other oils

How to spot: Place a small bottle of oil in the fridge. Coconut oil solidifies, leaving the adulterant as a separate layer.

 
4. Honey

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Source: getnativ.com

Adulterant: Sugar solution

How to spot: A cotton wick dipped in pure honey when lit burns readily. Diluted honey won’t burn easily, and will crackle.
 
5. Coriander Powder

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Source: bawarchi.com

Adulterant: Powdered bran and sawdust

How to spot: Sprinkle on water. Powdered bran and sawdust float on the surface.

 
6. Milk

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Source: susieburrell.com

Adulterant: Detergent, Synthetic milk

How to spot: Take 10 ml of the sample with an equal amount of water. Lather indicates the presence of detergent.

Synthetic milk has a bitter aftertaste, feels soapy when rubbed between the fingers and turns yellowish when heated.

 
7. Cumin seeds

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Source: aherbopro.com.au

Adulterant: Grass seeds colored with charcoal dust

How to spot: Rub the seeds in your palms. If they turn black, adulteration is indicated.

 
8. Black pepper

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Source: adimaria.co.uk

Adulterant: Mineral oil

 
How to spot: This pepper shines, has a kerosene-like smell.
IDENTIFY FOOD FAKES IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM TODAY

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