How To Test Honey Purity?


We came across an interesting video on Youtube, about how to test the honey in your shelf, if its pure?

Many times, the honey we buy, is fluked. And we end up paying good amount of money for a adulterated honey. So how do we test, at home, if the honey we bought is pure or impure?

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Grab that bottle of honey from your kitchen shelf, and follow these simple steps! Yes! You can test honey’s purity at home! Let us know if your purchase was pure or not?

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Which food articles must not contain MSG, and Added Flavours?


What are Flavouring substances?

Flavouring agents are key food additives with hundreds of varieties like fruit, nut, seafood, spice blends, vegetables and wine which are natural flavouring agents. Besides natural flavours there are chemical flavours that imitate natural flavours. Some examples of chemical flavouring agents are alcohols that have a bitter and medicinal taste, esters are fruity, ketones and pyrazines provide flavours to caramel, phenolics have a smokey flavour and terpenoids have citrus or pine flavour.

Monosodium Glutamate is one of the substances which adds flavour to food, and that has been among the talks a lot in the food industry off late. (Here is why?).

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What FSSAI says

Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 have described flavouring agents under the head ‘Flavouring Agents and Related Substances’ in the Regulations.

Flavouring agents include flavour substances, flavour extracts or flavour preparations, which are capable of imparting flavouring properties, namely taste or odour or both to food. Flavouring agents may be of following three types:

  • Natural Flavours and Natural Flavouring substances means flavour preparations and single substance respectively, acceptable for human consumption, obtained exclusively by physical processes from vegetables, for human consumption
  • Nature-Identical Flavouring Substances means substances chemically isolated from aromatic raw materials or obtained synthetically; they are chemically identical to substances present in natural products intended for human consumption, either processed or not.
  • Artificial Flavouring Substances means those substances which have not been identified in natural products intended for human consumption either processed or not.

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List of foods where Monosodium Glutamate is not allowed

  • Milk and Milk Products including Buttermilk, Fermented and renneted milk products (plain) excluding dairy based drink.
  • Pasteurised cream, Sterilised, UHT, whipping or whipped and reduced fat creams.
  • Fats and Oils, Pulses, Oil seeds and grounded/ powdered food grains, Food grains, Sago,
  • Butter and concentrated butter, Margarine, Fat Spread
  • Fresh fruit, Surface treated fruit, Peeled or cut fruit.
  • Fresh vegetables, Frozen vegetables.
  • Pastas and noodles (only dried products).
  • Fresh meat, poultry and game, whole pieces or cuts or comminuted. Fresh fish and fish products, including molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms. Processed fish and fish products, including molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms.
  • Fresh eggs, Liquid egg products, Frozen egg products.
  • White and semi-white sugar (sucrose and saccharose, fructose, glucose (dextrose), xylose, sugar solutions and syrups, also (partially) inverted sugars, including molasses, treacle and sugar toppings. Other sugars and syrups (e.g. brown sugar and maple syrup),
  • Honey, Saccharine
  • Salt, Herbs, spices and condiments, seasoning (including salt substitutes) except seasoning for Noodles and Pastas, meat tenderizers, onion salt, garlic salt, oriental seasoning mix, topping to sprinkle on rice, fermented soya bean paste, Yeast.
  • Infant food and Infant milk substitute including infant formulae and follow-on formulate, Foods for young children (weaning foods).
  • Natural Minerals water and Packaged Drinking water, Carbonated Water
  • Concentrates (liquid and solid) for fruit juices.
  • Canned or bottled (pasteurised) fruit nectar.
  • Coffee and coffee substitutes, tea, herbal infusions, and other cereal beverages excluding cocoa.
  • Wines, Alcoholic Beverage
  • Fruits and Vegetables products except those where Monosodium Glutamate is permitted under these Regulations.
  • Baking Powder, Arrowroot
  • Plantation Sugar, Jaggery and Bura,
  • Ice-Candies, Ice cream and Frozen desserts.
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Malted Milk Food and Milk based foods
  • Bread
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar Confectionery, Toffee, Lozenges, Chocolate
  • Pan Masala

Restriction on use of flavouring agents the flavouring agents named below are not permitted for use in any article of food

  • Coumarin and dihydrocoumarin;
  • Tonkabean (Dipteryl adorat);
  • β-asarone and cinamyl anthracilate.
  • Estragole
  • Ethyl Methyl Ketone
  • Ethyl-3-Phenylglycidate
  • Eugenyl methyl ether
  • Methyl β napthyl Ketone
  • Propylanisole
  • Saffrole and Isosaffrole
  • Thujone and Isothujone α & β thujone

(source: Food Safety Helpline)

Why do we crave for more, at McDonalds?


There are days, just like today, when I have this sudden craving for the Big Mac burger from the big yellow M, i.e. McDonald’s. And an ice-tea (or coke), along with fries is a must-to-have as soon as I enter through the glass doors! But has any of us ever wondered, why do we suddenly feel this rush, that compels us to order food in quantities, that we would have never had, had the food been from home?

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Here is a timeline of what happens to our body, as soon as we dig into our favourite Mac. (source: Science Alert)

First 10 Minutes

Our brain has given us the signal to take the first bite into the juicy meaty buns, with layers of sauces, and fresh veggies. This first bite is the first taste of blood like for a lion. There is no going back, and only 540 calories worth of future ahead! Feel-good chemicals, like the neurotransmitter dopamine, are released into the brain, and you may catch yourself thinking: “This is a tasty burger.”

The next 20- 30 Minutes

This is the period when we start itching for more. The high levels of fructose corn syrup and sodium inside the bun leave us craving more of the same (and in the long term, this can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease). Then the sodium – some 970 milligrams of it – causes dehydration and starts making the kidneys and heart work faster. Blood pressure rises, and you may well be tempted by a McFlurry or apple pie.

The 40 Minute Mark

The body is used to the grease already, and starts demanding for similar food, that has high sugar or salt content, like a chocolate. The gastrointestinal tract very quickly absorbs the high volume of fructose corn syrup we mentioned earlier, further adding to your hunger pangs.

Digestion during 50-60 minutes

Slow digestion starts in earnest. Food typically takes 24-72 hours to digest, but the grease and trans fat inside a Big Mac means the digestion time for the McDonald’s signature burger can easily go beyond three days.

Thus, try to keep the Big Mac to an occasional business only. This is precisely what leads to obesity and other health problems. This is not just for Big Mac, but all other food joints, that might give you the cravings to eat bucket load of food!

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Big Mac Info