Tea is one of the most favorite aromatic beverages in the world. Many people consume it in the morning or after a long day’s work to refresh themselves. Most of the tea connoisseurs show a deep love for the drink and are passionate about it. They spend time researching its cultural significance and heritage. But how do you know if the tea you are drinking is made from pure leaves and not adulterated or torn leaves? Difficult to detect. To help you, the country’s top food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has shared a video on Instagram.
The video details the process of detecting if your tea leaves are adulterated.
The simple test uses filter paper. Spread the teacups on the filter paper and sprinkle water over them to moisten the paper. After a few minutes, remove the leaves and wash the paper with tap water. Then look at the spots on the paper against the light. If the tea leaves are not adulterated, no staining will be observed on the paper. Filter paper containing adulterated tea leaves will have blackish-brown spots.
Watch the video here:
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When tea is made without adulteration, along with its aroma, health benefits manifold. People drink tea in many ways. Some consume it black and some put milk in it. Calorie troubled people prefer green tea. To make the perfect cup of green tea, click here.
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About a week ago, the FSSAI suggested a simple test to find out whether black pepper, an ingredient that is an integral part of Indian cuisine, is adulterated. The food regulator had mentioned how to explain the difference between pure black pepper and its adulterated version. Click here to learn about the simple test.
Try this simple test to check the purity of tea leaves
Similarly, in another post, FSSAI had mentioned how powdered brick and soapstone powder were mixed to enhance the color of red chilli powder. Since it affected the health of those consuming the adulterated version of chili powder, the FSSAI also suggested a simple test for the same. Learn about it here.
So, from now on, whenever you suspect adulteration, do these simple tests to ascertain the authenticity of whatever you are eating.