Closure of CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative on Adulteration in Common Food items.

We started our Friday weekly series on Adulteration in common household items some five months back. Initially, we had planned for it to be a five-week series but owing to the overwhelming response we received; we extended it for another fifteen weeks. Today’s article is the last one in the series. Here we are summarising Read more about Closure of CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative on Adulteration in Common Food items.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Turmeric Powder

India is the largest producer, consumer, and exporter of Turmeric in the world. India’s share in world turmeric production stands at around 80%. Also, close to 60% of World’s turmeric exports originate in India. Turmeric powder possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and forms a part of many ayurvedic and home remedies for common ailments. The Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Turmeric Powder[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Black Pepper.

Black Pepper is a very healthy spice. From stimulating digestion to relieving cough and cold to even preventing cancer (due to its piperine content), its benefits are aplenty. People consume black pepper either in powdered form or as peppercorns. Unfortunately, both of these variants are susceptible to adulteration.   The practice of adulteration in black Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Black Pepper.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Wheat flour.

My first introduction to adulteration in wheat flour happened around 15 years back. I was completing my graduate studies in New Delhi. Like in most of the hostels during that period; the mess food sucked in our hostel too. I used to have my dinner at a typical thali restaurant who used to charge 20₹ Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Wheat flour.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Red Chilli Powder.

Of all the spices that are used in Indian households, the one that is amongst the most widely used and also most commonly adulterated is Red Chilli Powder. Spices are adulterated primarily to add mass and refine color. Adulterants used in Red Chilli Powder: Common adulterants mixed in red chili powder are brick powder, sawdust, Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Red Chilli Powder.[…]

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

Sugars are unhealthy. The more refined they are, the worse are the health effects. Add to that some harmful adulterants, and sugar may be one of the most noxious items in your kitchen drawer. Adulterants in Sugar: Common adulterants added to sugar are plastic crystals, urea, washing soda, and chalk powder. The latter two are added Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Sugar[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. Ice Cream vs. Frozen Desserts and How to check for adulteration in them

In recent times you may have come across the debates around labeling and advertising of ice cream vs. frozen desserts. Now that the law has given a clear mandate on which products should be labeled as ice cream and which products as frozen desserts, you may be feeling assured that all the information is out Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. Ice Cream vs. Frozen Desserts and How to check for adulteration in them[…]

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

All of us know that milk is one drink that is widely adulterated. Would you like to hazard a guess, to what extent? Let’s keep that information for the end.  Common adulterants used in Milk Water is the most common adulterant added to milk. It is harmless but it does lower the nutritional value of milk Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Milk[…]

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

Honey is a highly nutritious food. It is a revered ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines and forms a part of grandma recipes for curing common ailments. In today’s post, we will focus on two elements. How to identify adulteration in Honey? How to tell a good quality honey from a poor quality one? Adulteration in Honey: Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Honey[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Coffee Powder

Did you ever step into a Barista or Starbucks or Cafe Coffee Day outlet, just to sniff the smell of the freshly ground coffee? If you did, you would agree that very few things in the world may beat that smell. Coffee prices vary a lot with season and variety and hence there is enough Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Coffee Powder[…]