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.
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.
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.
Adulterant: Sugar solution
Adulterant: Powdered bran and sawdust
How to spot: Sprinkle on water. Powdered bran and sawdust float on the surface.
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.
Adulterant: Grass seeds colored with charcoal dust
How to spot: Rub the seeds in your palms. If they turn black, adulteration is indicated.
Adulterant: Mineral oil
IDENTIFY FOOD FAKES IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM TODAY