Saturday, 23 November 2013

Common Adulterants in Spices!

The therapeutic health benefits, the aroma, the taste, the flavor – advantages of spices are myriad. Spices have been integral part of food preparation since time immemorial. They change the look and color of food and enhance the deliciousness. Yes, spices are composed of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phyto-nutrients, and essential oils, necessary for our wellness.

Ironically, the spices available in the market are often adulterated. In the name of spices, we may actually be consuming ‘slow poison’ that would have an adverse effect on our health in the long run when consumed regularly.

Let's take a look at the common adulterants used in spices and their health effects:

  •     Turmeric powder (Haldi) may contain yellow aniline dyes and non-permitted colorants like metanil yellow, which are highly carcinogenic
  •     Tapioca starch in turmeric causes stomach disorder
  •     Chilli powder (Lal Mirch) may be mixed with brick powder, saw dust, and artificial colors; these adulterants cause cancer and stomach disorders
  •     Asafoetida (Hing) often comes mixed with foreign resins galbanum and colophony resin; they cause dysentery
  •     Mustard powder (Sarson) is mixed with argemone seeds; these adulterants cause epidemic dropsy and glaucoma
  •     Pepper powder (Kali Mirch) or pepper seeds may be mixed with papaya Seeds and light berrys, which cause liver problems and stomach disorder
  •     Cumin seed (Zeera) and Poppy seed (Khaskhas) may contain artificially coloured foreign seeds; these are highly injurious to health
  •     Mixed spices may contain lead chromate; this adulterant causes anemia, abortion, paralysis, and brain damage.

Can we do without spices? Apparently not! So, why not be aware about adulterants and buy unadulterated spices from reliable sources only. Fight the menace of adulteration and let you and your future generations stay safe from the harmful effects of adulteration. To be a part of the Fight Against Adulteration visit our site

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