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Turmeric is a powerful substance that has been used as a condiment and healing remedy. In fact, no Indian meal is complete without this golden spice. It provides a wonderful aroma and rich flavor to the food. Indian medicine has been using turmeric which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant as an anti-inflammatory substance.The main component of the root is a volatile oil, containing turmerone. Other coloring agents called curcuminoids consists of curcumin which is a natural anti-oxidant. Due to the rise in demand for organic turmeric, unfair practices have also increased.
Dry turmeric fingers are ground into turmeric powder. Turmeric powder can easily be adulterated by adding chalk powder or starch to increase the volume or by adding synthetic color dyes. A visual inspection will not be sufficient to distinguish real turmeric from fake turmeric.
Check the purity of turmeric - Pure authentic turmeric delivers higher benefits1. Metanil Yellow test :
Metanil yellow is a synthetic dye that is a common adulterant used in turmeric powder.To check the presence of metanil, add a few drops of concentrated hydrochloric acid and water to a test tube of turmeric. Stir it well. If the mixture turns pink, the presence of metanil yellow is confirmed. Consumption of metanil yellow leads to food poisoning and metanil is carcinogenic.2. Checking for chalk powder :
The presence of chalk powder in turmeric is confirmed if bubbles emerge when a few drops of hydrochloric acid are added to a test tube filled with turmeric.3. Testing turmeric finger for authenticity :
Turmeric fingers are adulterated with harmful colors to give an appealing color. Water can be added to check if any color leaves from the turmeric finger.4. Water test :
The easiest way to check for turmeric powder adulteration is the water test. Add some turmeric powder to a glass of water. Do not stir. Leave it for 30 mins. Pure turmeric will settle at the bottom of the glass.
Turmeric can be used in many ways to get some extra nourishment. From consumption to skincare, the possibilities are endless! But remember - the authenticity of the turmeric powder and consistency is always the key. As long as you’re incorporating pure and authentic turmeric into your routine regularly, better the benefits.
Make sure the condiments you buy are from trusted sources. VEYR Turmeric is grown in our own Raaki Eco Farm, which is situated in Erode district, Tamilnadu. Our organically grown turmeric fingers contain high curcumin content. Turmeric fingers are ethically processed and made into a fine powder.
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