There are ways to tell if your food is spoilt, its appearance changes, the colour changes, a change in texture or an unpleasant odour or an undesirable taste. Food spoilage is a fast and inevitable process if you don’t take the right preventive measures. When you consume food
Ever wondered why the walnuts taste bitter only a few days after buying them? Do you ever wonder why the bag of potato chips has more air than the amount of chips in it? The bitter taste in the walnuts is due to a bio chemical process ‘
It is common to find the claim ‘parabens-free’ on a label these days. Such claims can be specifically found in some cosmetic products. The question, then, is: what are parabens and why has the claim that something is ‘parabens-free’ become an important and differentiating factor? Is it because parabens
Let’s get to know some facts about fruit juices first:
In pure (100%) juices, added sugar is not permitted; in beverages/drinks it is permitted.
A large part of the sugar found in fruit juice is fructose. The liver is the only organ
Nutrition and health are much talked-about subjects but do we really make rational consumption choices in our everyday lives? Here are some foods that will do you good, and others that will make you overdraw on your body’s energy reserves
Ever really taken a
Marketed as a super food with almost magical properties, soya protein is found in almost everything we eat. However, soya needs to be consumed with abundant caution
Soya has been touted as one of the wonder foods of the 20th and 21st century. The
Think.Eat.Save. The people behind World Environment Day this year have most certainly deliberately left out the spaces between the words. Perhaps so that we make the connection between our food choices and the larger impacts of these choices—and realize that the connection is too
There is enough evidence to suggest that food additives and artificial colours cause harm to health and children are the worst-affected. In several countries, the use of food colours like ‘Sunset Yellow’ is either banned or regulated. But not so in India
It has been found time and again that processed and packaged food, however ‘natural, contains additives and chemicals that are controversial, or outright harmful to human health. Bread, that is the most common processed breakfast food, has a suspected tumour-causing additive, Potassium Bromate, in
Bread has become an important part of our plate. A wide variety of options to select from in the market confuses us. White bread, brown bread, multi-grain bread are just few to choose from. An aware consumer should know the difference between white and
There is an increase in the use of dairy whitener in tea and coffee. Those who use them find that it dissolves easily and gives your tea a very great whitening ability and it also has the ability to lighten the coffee to produce
Food Labels or Nutrition Labels or nutritional labeling serves as the main communication link between the manufacturer and the consumer. Through food nutrition labels, a manufacturer introduces the content of his product to the consumer. Food labels help the consumer to understand the nutrient
Nutrition is a basic human need and a prerequisite to a healthy life. A proper diet is essential from the very early stages of life for proper growth, development and to remain active. RDA represents the nutrients in terms of diets that should be
Micro-nutrient deficiencies affect not only the poor. Less obvious but nonetheless important are the effects of today’s lifestyles in the developed world on nutritional status. There are increased food choices, yes, but low micro-nutrient densities. The hectic pace of life can lead to inadequacies in the diet, so
Proprietary food means an article of food that has not been standardized under Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011, but does not include any novel foods, foods for special dietary uses, foods for special medical purposes, functional foods, nutaceuticals and health supplements.
Reducing salt intake may help manage blood pressure and prevent water retention. If you are taking medication for these conditions, it is still important to reduce salt intake to help the medication work more effectively.
Pregnant women should not restrict the amount of sodium
Consumer VOICE brings you a quick – ready reckoner for the food we all consume every day, but what is needed is some planning, mixing and matching to meet your specific health needs. It is good to know which food does what for you and to
DRINK MILK TO BOOST BRAIN POWER
No matter how old you are, drink at least a glass of milk everyday if you want to sharpen your mental skills, say researchers of University of Maine.
A new study has claimed that drinking a glass of
Stevia:Natural alternative to artificial sweeteners
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in sunflower family. Stevia is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a natural sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration
There are plenty of studies in scientific journals about the damaging effects of chemicals in our food, but it is also true that finding organic produce on a budget is quite difficult. The reality is that currently most organic products come at a premium
Ever wondered why it is so difficult to give up chocolates or stop craving for your favourite doughnut? Why do we feel drawn to that sugary drink despite being completely aware that it’s unhealthy? The answer could lie within our complex brain setup.
Hungry? How does a cheese sandwich on whole wheat with potato chips sound? Does munching on nitrate, sodium stearyl lactylate, and monocalcium phosphate have the same appeal? Probably not, but a look at the ingredients of pre-packaged stuff and almost every other type of
You can call it a health status or just a part of lifestyle – organic food is making waves everywhere. If some are buying organic products from the market, some have started their own little organic farm in their terrace or small farms.
In India, Yogurt is yogurt, dahi is the Indian word for yogurt and curds is a term also used for yogurt. In the US, curds are a dairy product obtained by curdling (coagulating) milk with rennet or an edible acidic substance such as lemon
For long, there has been a debate whether eggs can be considered vegetarian or not. To add to the egg-woes, news of eggs containing more than acceptable levels of dioxins, hormones and antibiotics was constantly in the limelight. Now, the poultry industry is getting some
The recent episode when live worms were found in Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate has shown how the seemingly safe food product can become hazardous to health. The excuse that Cadbury’s is putting forth is that the worm infestation has been due to poor storage
It was touch and go over six intense days at Bali in early December. In the end, the World Trade Organization’s(WTO) Ninth Ministerial Conference delivered a trade-liberalization package — the first-ever deal that the WTO could craft since it came into being in 1995. And this came after
Manufacturers often sell their products with a quality mark of a product certification body. Quality marks are meant to communicate the added value of the product. The extra quality may refer to one or more aspects that a consumer may be unsure about. Such
This is not just another article to inform you about what harm can be caused by eating adulterated spices. That much has been talked about enough and you know all that you should. This write-up is more of a practical guide for you to
What is Basmati Rice?
Basmati is a type of long-grain aromatic rice. Basmati rice is a special quality of rice that is grown in India and Pakistan. Basmati rice has a unique fragrance and flavor caused due to presence of a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline. This chemical is
Post harvesting, rice grains go through different production processes in the factories. The process leads to production of different types of rice. These processes are called milling and polishing. These processes not only changes the shape and size of the rice kernel, it also
The first step towards overcoming sugar addiction and stop sugar cravings is to become aware that you are addicted to sugar or such food items. Maintaining a food diary will help a lot. It will help you to understand your food-consumption pattern. What compels
We all are aware that greenhouse gas emissions which include carbon dioxide emissions and human activities like burning of oil, coal and gas, as well as deforestation that are damaging for our environment and cause of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. But many of us are not
Morning breakfast with cheese omelette is something most of us relish. But did you know that cheese other than adding to your cholesterol level has a high carbon footprint thereby damaging the environment as well?
Cheese has a high carbon footprint because it
Organic food is the result of a farming system which avoids the use of pesticides and man-made fertilisers, Organic farming promotes ecological balance and conserves biodiversity. They are produced without use of genetically modified or GM components.
Myth vs Reality#MythOrganic Food
If you are thinking of ways on how to reduce food carbon footprint, avoiding meat is the first thing that needs to be done as per most research studies. Food carbon footprint or foodprint requires immediate attention as growing, rearing, processing and transporting and
According to World Health Organization (WHO), genetically modified foods (GMO Foods) are those food items that are produced by using genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms could be plants, animals or microbes. They are produced in a way whose DNA or genetic material has been modified with the
How long does oil last? What is the oil shelf life? Oil shelf life depends on the best before date and how it is stored. Though we tend to use oil even after the expiry date, oil does go bad.
The declared oil shelf life of the most
GM Foods are now consumed regularly in India. Cottonseed oil, soybean oil, brinjal (eggplant), and rice are some of the commonly
consumer GM foods in India. Considering that GM foods shall soon be available commercially in India and that a lot of genetically modified foods are being used
Are you looking for the best groundnut oil for your food? Then your search stops here. Consumer VOICE brings an analysis of the best groundnut oil and helps you to choose between refined groundnut oil and filtered groundnut oil. Oil not only improves the
Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are foods which have been in the market for more than 2 decades now. Genetically modified organisms or micro-organisms are those organisms whose genetic makeup has been manipulated by artificially inserting components of another organism. There has been extensive research by scientists from all
Flavoured milk is a ready-to- drink product, produced from milk, sugar and natural flavours (such as banana, pineapple, orange or chocolate). Milk is a good source of nutrition and this product is a healthy option for children and adults alike. Read more on know
What are Micronutrients and its importance
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required in small amounts that are essential to our health, development and growth. Proper intake of vitamins and minerals can mean the difference between a healthy, productive life, and a life fraught with
The Food Fortification Resource Centre is a body that acts as a resource and support centre to promote large-scale fortification of food across India. It came into existence after the National Summit on Fortification of Food (2016), as a joint declaration by all stakeholders
Food fortification is the process of adding micronutrients such as essential trace elements and vitamins to a food item. It is done to improve the nutritive values of the food. These nutrients may or may not have been originally present in the food before
The “ideal” cooking oil should contain a higher amount of the “good” fats (omega-3 and 9), and minimal saturated fats and trans fats. We bring you a detailed insight into what the marketed variety of cooking oil brands contain. Read about what is Good” and what is Bad.
In this process, the food item is packed into a sterile container under sterile conditions and sealed in a way that microbial contamination is prevented. The food products that undergo aseptic processing are shelf-stable and have a longer shelf life. Non-sterile foods such as
Food when processed, sealed and preserved in airtight containers is called canned food or processed food. Canning improves the shelf life of the food content ranging from one to five years.
Canning is a safe method for preserving food. It involves placing foods in
The Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) has informed that sample tests conducted recently indicate that 64 per cent of loose edible oil sold in the market is adulterated.
“To test the quality of loose edible oil, we collected a total of 291 samples
This is not just another article to inform you about what harm can be caused by eating adulterated spices. That much has been talked about enough and you know all that you should. This write-up is more of a practical guide for you to find out if spices