CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Cabbage

When we talk about adulteration, in most of the cases, we are worried about the presence of a little bit of unwanted/harmful substance in our food. Can you think of a case, where the entire 100% of vegetable is adulterated? Worse still, adulterated in a way that even a trained eye cannot identify the difference? You don’t need to go too far. It’s our healthy green Cabbage which can be made completely out of plastic and can still pass as a fresh and nutritious green vegetable.

This video sourced from the net will help you see the process of preparing adulterated cabbage.

This way of preparing cabbage may not cost more than a few bucks per vegetable. This gives a large incentive for profiteers to sell such cabbages and play with peoples health. A simple googling will show you that such cases were recently noticed in Bangalore.

How to identify an adulterated cabbage

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to identify adulteration in cabbage at the point of buying. Even normal cooking will not give it away as the plastic used for making adulterated cabbage can withstand high heat and normal cooking temperature. Still, there is one way that can help you identify is your cabbage is made out of plastic.

Tear out a single leaf/piece of cabbage and heat it on the raw flame.  Let is burn. Look for following signs:

  • Pungent smell of burning rubber or plastic
  • Incomplete combustion. The part of leaf directly under the flame burns but the rest of the part does not and keeps looking fresh.
  • Turn off the burner and now try to tear the leaf, instead of tearing if it begins to stretch, it is probably plastic.

Do this test every time before you decide to cook cabbage for your kids or loved ones.

Stay Safe!

Gaurav is an entrepreneur whose first Start-up was focused on providing services to patients suffering from Chronic Diseases. While researching about the causes of lifestyle diseases and the ways to reduce their incidence, he chanced upon the idea of growing healthy and nutritious food using advanced farming techniques.

He founded CityGreens with a mission to enable City Dwellers to access Safe, Healthy and Fresh food.

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