Knowing what we eat is one of the most essential things that we have to do each day. It’s also one of the hardest. Most food packages will have an ingredient label, and some will have calorie counts, but there’s just no way to tell whether that information is authentic.
Eventually what happens is that these foods manage to snake their way into our diets and before you know it, adulterated foods become a regular fixture on your table. The only way to improve this situation is to improve our knowledge level so that we can recognise the ingredients that are harming us.
First off, wondering what food adulteration is? Well, it’s when external ingredients are added to natural substances in a manner that may have an adverse effect on the consumer. That definition is just a complicated way of saying that the food we eat is taken from its natural state and turned into something less nourishing and more harmful. And nobody wants that!
But before we get started on what are the alternatives to these adulterated foods, let’s take a look at all the things that you should now keep off your grocery list. Be warned, some of these may surprise you.
Apples: This one is often part of the public debate, whether apples are adulterated or not. But there are some key giveaways. If the Apple is too large, larger than your fist, then some chemicals have been added to it. Also, if it is too shiny, then it has been polished with wax.
Milk: Yes, this crucial part of almost everyone’s daily meal is often found in altered form. It is not only mixed with water to give it volume but sometimes even with synthetic milk or detergent!
Honey: This is supposed to be nature’s gift to our sweet tooth and as such, pure honey isn’t bad for you. But adulterated honey often is artificially sweetened with sugar granules which take all the benefits away.
Paneer/Cottage cheese: Probably the most well-hidden but also the most affected by this phenomenon, most of the times you aren’t even eating paneer. Instead, it is actually starch.
Coffee powder: To add volume to the powder, it is often adulterated with tamarind seeds. But these are also immensely harmful and can cause some painful stomach disorders.