Saturday, 16 November 2013

Common Adulterants in Staples

Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates – these are one or more of the organic macro-nutrients we need for our survival and good health. We consume certain foods routinely, those that are readily available, have long shelf life, and are inexpensive. These foods are staples, containing the aforementioned organic macro-nutrients. In India, common staple foods are wheat, rice, semolina (rawa), besan, pulses and things that do not need to be refrigerated.
 Are you convinced that the staple foods you consume everyday are not adulterated? You would be surprised that almost all staple foods available in the market are adulterated. Think about food grains and pulses; it is often adulterated with pebbles,damaged grains, weeds, marble chips, filth, stones, etc. these are intentionally mixed to increase quantity. Discolored and damaged grains usually carry fungal toxins, ergot is another adulterant commonly present in foodgrains.  Consuming them affects the digestive tract.The honey you have for breakfast every morning may be actually a blend of colored sugar syrup, unwanted minerals and antibiotics.

What about wheat flour and powdered rice? These are generally adulterated with starch and chalk powder. And who doesn’t love ice creams! In the name of ice creams, you might be actually consuming pepperoni, butraldehyde, washing powder, emil acetate, nitrate, ethyl acetate, and other fatty substances. Potatoes, green peas, and other vegetables are often painted with artificial colors and sprayed with chemicals for longer shelf life.

Let's be aware of these common adulterants and say No to adulteration in staples.

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