Diwali is a festival of lights. Sweets and authentic food increase its elegance. But, the other side of the coin is that there are so many adulterants present in festive times. It’s very important for us to ensure the safety of our loved ones. Here are some DIY hacks which help you to detect food adulteration and keep yourself, your family, and your friend healthy.
How to Detect food adulteration this Diwali
There are many ways to adulterate milk. Water, potently addictive-like urea, cahl , soap, and detergent are a few examples of adulteration in milk. the easiest way to check if the milk is pure or not just to run a few drops of milk on a smooth and inclined surface. Pure milk will leave a trail, else it will run down without leaving any spot.
2. Cheese ( Paneer)
Paneer in the festival season is quite dangerous. To check the purity of cheese, boil a cube of it in water and let it cool. Add a few drops of iodine solution to it. If it turns blue, it means that it contains starch content which leads to health issues.
To check the purity of the honey just add one tablespoon of honey to water. If it dissolves in the water the honey is adulterated. If it’s pure it will settle down in the bottom of the glass.
4. Silver leaf foil ( Vark)
Vark is used to decorate sweets and look appealing. Some market players replace it with aluminum foil which is bad for health. To check whether it’s aluminum foil or silver leaf foil just rub the vark from sweets with your fingers. If the residue sticks to the finger that means it’s adulterated with aluminum foil.
The most used item to make sweets is khoya. Apply the same method to check the purity of it which we have done with Paneer. Boil a small amount of khoya in water and add iodine to it. If it turns blue that means it has starch in it which is not good for health.
6. Coconut oil
To check the purity just put the coconut oil in the refrigerator overnight. The solid part is coconut oil and the semi-liquid wart is an adulterant.
This is the most difficult test. But nothing is more important than health. Add some ghee with sugar crystals in hydrochloric acid. If it gives a red color that means ghee is not pure
Chalk powder is one of the famous adulterants in sugar. Dissolve some amount of sugar in water. Leave it for a few minutes. if it’s adulterated with chalk powder the powder will settle down in the bottom.
It’s really terrifying to think that the food we are eating and feeding to our kids is not pure. But, Thank God !! We have so many methods to check the purity of these. There are many more items that can be adulterated. Please ensure the purity of that while consuming them.
Take care !!