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37 Smart Ways Of Telling If Your Food Has Been Tampered With

37 Smart Ways Of Telling If Your Food Has Been Tampered With

Don’t buy fake foods!




We’ve often heard stories of food manufacturers putting various chemicals in their products and trying to get away with it by keeping us consumers in the dark.

All the colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and other numerous additives are not only bad for your health but can also deprive your body of valuable vitamins and nutrients. So it’s certainly advisable to eat natural, organic, unadulterated foods. But how to make sure?

Well, here’s how:

1. How to detect water in milk.

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1) Put a drop of milk on a polished slanting surface.

2) Pure milk either stays or flows slowly leaving a white trail behind.

3) Milk adulterated with water will flow immediately without leaving a mark.

2. How to detect detergent in milk.

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1) Take 1 to 2 tsp of a sample with an equal amount of water.

2) Shake the contents thoroughly.

3) If milk is adulterated with detergent, it forms a dense lather.

4) Pure milk will form very thin foam layer due to agitation.

3. How to detect starch in milk and milk products.

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1) Boil ½ tsp of sample with 1 tsp of water.

2) Cool and add 2–3 drops of tincture of iodine.

3) Formation of a blue color indicates the presence of starch.

4. How to detect mashed potato in butter.

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1) Take ½ tsp of butter in a transparent glass bowl.

2) Add 2–3 drops of tincture of iodine.

3) Formation of a blue color indicates the presence of mashed potatoes.

5. How to detect other oils in coconut oil.

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1) Take coconut oil in a transparent glass.

2) Place the glass in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (Do not keep in the freezer.)

3) After refrigeration, coconut oil solidifies.

4) If coconut oil is adulterated, then other oils remain as a separate layer.

6. How to detect sugar solution in honey.

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1) Take a transparent glass of water.

2) Add a drop of honey to the glass.

3) Pure honey will not disperse in water.

4) If the drop of honey disperses in water, it indicates the presence of added sugar.

7. How to detect chalk powder in sugar.

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1) Take a transparent glass of water.

2) Dissolve 0.3 oz. of the sample in water.

3) If sugar is mixed with chalk, the adulterant will settle down at the bottom.

8. How to detect extraneous matter (dust, pebble, stone, straw, weed seeds, damaged grain, insects, rodent hair and excreta) in food grains.

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1) Take a small quantity of sample on a glass plate.

2) Examine the impurities visually.

3) Pure food grains will not have any such impurities.

4) Impurities are observed visually in adulterated food grains.

9. Hot to detect an ergot (a toxic fungus) in food grains.

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1) Put some grains in a transparent glass containing 20% of the salt solution (0.7 oz. of table salt in ½ cup of water).

2) Ergot floats over the surface while sound grains settle down.

3) Purple-black, longer sized grains show the presence of ergots.

10. How to detect datura in food grains.

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1) Take a small quantity of food grains in a glass plate.

2) Examine the impurities visually.

3) Datura seeds which are flat with edges and blackish brown in color.

11. How to detect excess bran in wheat flour.

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1) Take a transparent glass of water.

2) Sprinkle a spoon of wheat flour on the surface of the water.

3) Pure wheat flour will not show excess bran on the water surface.

4) Adulterated wheat flour shows excess bran floating on water surface.

12. How to detect added color in food grains.

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1) Take a transparent glass of water.

2) Add 2 tsps of food grains and mix thoroughly.

3) Pure food grains will not leave any color.

4) Adulterated food grains leave color immediately in water.

13. How to detect iron filings in flour.

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1) Take a small quantity of sample on a glass plate.

2) Move a magnet through the flour.

3) Pure flour will not show any iron filings on the magnet.

4) If the flour is adulterated, then iron filings will be seen on the magnet.

14. How to detect turmeric in rice.

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1) Take a teaspoon of rice on a glass plate.

2) Sprinkle a small amount of soaked lime on the rice grains.

3) Pure grains will not form a red color.

4) Adulterated grains will form a red color.

15. How to detect rhodamine B (dye) in grains.

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1) Take a cotton ball soaked in water or vegetable oil.

2) Rub the outer surface of the grains.

3) If the cotton absorbs color, then it indicates the presence of rhodamine B.

16. How to detect foreign resin in asafetida.

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1) Burn small quantity of asafetida in a stainless-steel spoon.

2) Pure asafetida will burn like camphor.

3) Adulterated asafetida will not produce a bright flame like camphor.

17. How to detect soapstone or other earthy matter in asafetida.

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1) Shake little portion of the sample with water and allow to settle.

2) Pure asafetida will not leave any soapstone or other earthy matter at the bottom.

3) If asafetida is adulterated, soapstone or other earthy matter will settle down at the bottom.

18. How to detect papaya seeds in black pepper.

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1) Add some amount of black pepper to a glass of water.

2) Pure black pepper settles at the bottom.

3) In the adulterated black pepper, papaya seeds float on the surface of the water.

19. How to detect artificial colors in chili powder.

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1) Sprinkle chili powder on the surface of water in a glass tumbler.

2) The artificial colorants will immediately start descending in color streaks.

20. How to detect cassia bark in cinnamon.

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1) Take a small quantity of cinnamon in a glass plate.

2) If adulterated, on close visual examination, cassia bark that comprises several layers in between the rough outer and innermost smooth layers can be differentiated from cinnamon.

3) Cinnamon bark is very thin and can be rolled around a pencil or pen. It has a distinct smell.

21. How to detect grass seeds colored with charcoal dust in cumin seeds.

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1) Rub a small number of cumin seeds on palms.

2) If palms turn black, adulteration is indicated.

22. How to detect argemone seeds in mustard seeds.

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1) Take a small quantity of mustard seeds in a glass plate.

2) Examine visually for the argemone seeds.

3) Mustard seeds have a smooth surface and when pressed are yellow on the inside.

4) Argemone seeds have grainy, rough surface and are black in color. When pressed, they are white inside.

23. How to detect lead chromate in turmeric root.

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1) Add a small quantity of turmeric root in a transparent glass of water.

2) Pure turmeric will not leave any color.

3) Adulterated turmeric appears to be bright in color and leaves color immediately in the water.

24. How to detect artificial color in turmeric powder.

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1) Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of water.

2) Natural turmeric powder leaves light yellow color while settling down.

3) Adulterated turmeric powder will leave a strong yellow color in water while settling down.

25. How to detect sawdust and powdered bran in powdered spices.

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1) Sprinkle powdered spices on the water surface.

2) Pure spices will not leave any sawdust/powdered bran on the surface of the water.

3) If spices are adulterated, sawdust/powdered bran will float on the surface.

26. How to detect extraneous matter (dust, pebble, stone, straw, weed seeds, damaged grain, insects, rodent hair and excreta) in whole spices.

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1) Take a small quantity of sample on a glass plate.

2) Examine the impurities visually.

3) Pure whole spices will not have any impurities.

4) Impurities are observed visually in adulterated whole spices.

27. How to detect of fennel seeds in cumin seeds.

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1) Take a small quantity of cumin seeds in a glass plate.

2) Examine visually for the fennel seeds.

3) Fennel seeds can be separated out by close examination.

28. How to detect malachite green in green vegetables.

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1) Take a cotton piece soaked in water or vegetable oil.

2) Rub the outer green surface of a small part of the green vegetable.

3) If the cotton turns green, then it is adulterated with malachite green.

29. How to detect artificial color on green peas.

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1) Take some green peas in a transparent glass.

2) Add water and mix well.

3) Let it stand for half an hour.

4) Clear separation of color in water indicates adulteration.

30. How to tell genuine saffron from artificial.

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1) Genuine saffron will not break easily like artificial. Artificial saffron is prepared by soaking maize cob in sugar and coloring it with coal tar.

2) Take a transparent glass of water and add a small quantity of saffron.

3) If saffron is adulterated, the artificial color dissolves in water rapidly. A bit of pure saffron, when allowed to dissolve in water, will continue to give its saffron color so long as it lasts.

31. How to detect white powder in iodized salt.

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1) Stir ¼ tsp of a sample of salt in a glass of water.

2) Pure salt dissolves completely and gives a clear solution or gives slightly turbid solution due to the presence of the permitted anticaking agent in the salt.

3) If salt is adulterated, the solution turns dense white turbid in the presence of chalk powder and other insoluble impurities will settle down at the bottom.

32. How to differentiate between common salt and iodized salt.

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1) Cut a piece of potato, add salt and wait for a minute.

2) Add two drops of lemon juice.

3) If it is iodized salt, blue color will develop.

4) In the case of common salt, there will be no blue color.

33. How to detect clay in coffee powder.

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1) Add ½ tsp of coffee powder in a transparent glass of water.

2) Stir for a minute and keep it aside for 5 minutes. Observe the glass at the bottom.

3) Pure coffee powder will not leave any clay particles at the bottom.

4) If coffee powder is adulterated, clay particles will settle at the bottom.

34. How to detect coal tar in tea leaves.

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1) Take a filter paper and spread few tea leaves.

2) Sprinkle with water to wet the filter paper.

3) Wash the filter paper under tap water and observe the stains against the light.

4) Pure tea leaves will not stain the filter paper.

5) If coal tar is present, it will immediately stain the filter paper.

35. How to detect iron filings in tea leaves.

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1) Take a small quantity of tea leaves in a glass plate.

2) Move a magnet through the tea leaves.

3) Pure tea leaves will not show any iron filings on the magnet.

4) If adulterated, then iron filings will be seen on the magnet.

36. How to detect wax polishing on apples.

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1) Take a blade and scratch the surface of the apple.

2) Wax comes out if wax polishing has been done.

37. How to detect chicory powder in coffee powder.

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1) Take a transparent glass of water.

2) Add a teaspoon of coffee powder.

3) Coffee powder floats over the water but chicory begins to sink.

Don’t let them fool you!

Nikita Skorobogatov






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