Diwali 2018: There’s no denying the fact that Diwali is a time when we all stuff ourselves with sweets and other indulgent dishes. The festival of lights is also a time when family and friends exchange sweets and gifts. Deepavali sweets, such as motichoor ke ladoo, khoya barfi, paneer barfi, Kaju katli, are undeniably irresistible. Perhaps, you will find most sweet shops packed with a variety of different types of mithais and other traditional foods during the festive season.
However, with increased demands for the sweets during festivals like Diwali, adulteration of foods and adding artificial colours to make them more attractive has become a common practice in recent days, raising a major health concern. Therefore, it is important to be wary of consuming certain goodies, especially the ones that are prone to adulteration. Here are five sweets that are often found to be adulterated in the market. Take a look below!
Khoye ki Barfi
With most sweets that are consumed during festivities being made with khoya and mawa, this is one item that is often prone to adulteration. It is said that makers usually add wheat or rice flour (starch) to increase the quantity and make more profit from these sweets. So, it would be wise on your part to check for its purity when buying a mithai with khoya.
Kaju katli, which is made with cashews, milk, ghee, sugar, saffron and other ingredients, is one of the most popular sweets sold around Diwali. The Indian dessert has silver varq which is layered on it to make it look appealing. However, silver being an expensive metal, vendors use aluminium foils that look like silver varq. That’s why it is often suggested to make Kaju katli at home to protect yourself from the harmful effects of these fake substances.
Motichoor ladoo is one such mithai that is often found to be adulterated because vendors tend to use bright and sometimes non-permitted artificial colours that are more stable, long-lasting and appealing to the customers. These ladoos are available in different colours.
Instead of milk extract, often the paneer that is used to make the barfi has excessive cornstarch and, in some cases, harmful chemicals and urea are mixed in it. Hence, it is safer to make paneer barfi at home or take any paneer mithai from a trusted shop.
Kaju Pista roll happens to be one of the most adulterated sweets during Diwali, considering the fact that pistas and cashew nuts used as ingredients in mithais are the most expensive nuts. Unfortunately, many sweet sellers use artificial or synthetic flavours in place of pistachios and cashews, putting your health at risk.
This festive season, try switching to homemade sweets to celebrate a very happy and safe Diwali!