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The food we consume every day changes a lot of hands before making it to our household. Our food goes through a long and variable journey. Starting from the farm it was harvested into the packaging and retail, there are many possibilities of our food not being in its purest form. We should always aim to eat as healthy as possible, but it becomes difficult to identify impurities in food items which usually come through adulterating of foodstuff.
In India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) takes the lead in food safety rules and regulations. Made with the vision to establish food safety standards that can monitor and regulate merchants from malpractice. They regulate every part of the process from the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import. The association lays down the ground rules to ensure that a food product is safe to consume. They conduct extensive laboratory tests that can reveal adulteration and impurities.
However, most common people have no prior knowledge about food impurities that can’t be seen via the naked eye. The FSSAI has put together a string of tests called Detect Adulteration with Rapid Test (DART). These tests can easily be performed at home to recognize and pick apart the possible adulteration in food products.
Here are a few easy tests that you can perform at home for checking impurities in food items:
Milk Purity Test
Milk is most commonly adulterated and thinned out with the addition of water. To test if the milk you consume is pure, place a drop of milk on a clean, polished slanting surface. If the milk is pure, the droplet will flow slowly down while leaving a white trail behind. If the milk is adulterated with water, it flows faster and leaves no trail.
Oil Purity Test
Coconut oil is a very popular food product in India, most commonly used in dishes for tempering and deep-frying. To test the purity of coconut oil, place the oil in a transparent glass and refrigerate it for thirty minutes. Pure coconut oil solidifies as a whole whereas adulterated coconut oil that is mixed with other oils like mineral oil, separates as a different layer.
Honey Purity Test
Honey is usually mixed with sugar solution and here’s a simple test to find out if your honey is adulterated. Put a drop of honey in a transparent glass of water. Pure honey is dense and will not disperse in the water. Whereas, honey with sugar solution in it will disperse and colour the water.
Black Pepper Purity Test
Black pepper seeds look very similar to papaya seeds and are often mixed up as adulteration. Drop a tablespoon of black pepper seeds in a transparent glass of water and the papaya seeds will float on the top while the pure black pepper seeds settle at the bottom.
Food Grain Purity Test
Food grains often have added colouring agents to them to make them more visually appealing. Soak the grains in water and observe the colour of the water. If the water is cloudy and has colour to it, the grains have added colouring agents in them.
It is important to keep an eye out for avoidable and easy threats that could affect your health in the long run. Striving for a better quality of life starts with knowing what goes into your body every day. So, these were few tests to check impurities in food items at your home without buying any expensive device.
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