Healthiest Curd Brands: Plain Curd and Probiotic Curd

With curd brands laying claims to health and taste, it may be useful to know the parameters with which to assess their quality, safety and acceptability. Comparative Test done by Consumer VOICE includes testing 2 brands of probiotic curd and 10 brands of plain curd. A couple of findings from our test results will reveal how the important determinants of quality vary across brands and which are the healthiest curd brands of plain curd and probiotic curd in India.

 

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Curd or dahi due to all its health benefits has been the healthiest milk products recommended by nutritionists. A food item that was earlier prepared at home only, has given way to many milk products brands having curd or dahi as the ready to eat option. But does the process and packaging keeps it adulteration free unlike the one made at home.

We have included probiotic curd as well in our testing along with plain curd since that is fast becoming the healthier version of plain curd. The plain curd brands are prepared from toned milk, while the probiotic brands are prepared from double-toned milk.

As per our standard procedure, we undertook market research to identify the regular-selling brands of curd across the country. We tested the 12 samples on various quality, safety and acceptability parameters. The testing was conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory and the samples were tested as per specifications laid out by FSS Regulations, 2011, and Indian Standard IS: 9617.

Brands Compared

 

Plain Curd

  • Namaste India
  • Gowardhan
  • Mother Dairy Classic
  • Madhusudhan
  • Nestle a+ Nourish
  • Ananda Gopaljee
  • Vita
  • Amul Masti
  • Britannia Daily Fresh
  • Paras

Probiotic Curd

  • Nestle a+ Actiplus Probiotic
  • Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic

Parameters Compared

 
  • Milk Fat
  • Solids Not Fat (SNF)
  • Milk Protein
  • Mineral-Rich
  • Carbohydrates
  • Saturated Fat
  • Titratable Acidity as Lactic Acid
  • Cholesterol
  • Whey (as separated water)
  • Heavy Metals
  • Microbiological Activity
  • Sensory Attributes
  • Marking/Labelling
  • Net Weight

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