Is Your Butter Safe to Consume? Take a Simple Test to Find Out (Watch Video)


There’s no doubt that a spoonful of butter elevates any meal. Whether you have it with a plain toast, add it to your gravy or curry, spoon it over your parathas or even add it to soups- there is something about that salty taste that we can never get enough of. Although, as much as we love that taste of butter, did you know that your butter can actually be adulterated with starch? Despite starch being a common carbohydrate that we find in many of our foods—like potatoes, rice and even bread—it can take a toll on our health when digested in large amounts.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently shared a post on Instagram that explains how to find out if your butter is adulterated with starch. For those unaware, regular use of starch has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. In addition, starch can cause a rapid rise, followed by a sudden drop in blood sugar. So, how to check if your butter is adulterated with starch? Well, FSSAI has the simple solution you need. Watch it below:

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How to check adulteration in butter:

If you want to check if your butter is adulterated with starch, take this simple test suggested by FSSAI.

All you need to do is to take two transparent bowls to compare the difference between adulterated and unadulterated butter. Fill both the bowls with water and put half a teaspoon of butter in each of them. Now add drops of iodine solution to the bowl. If the color of the butter turns purple, it is adulterated with starch. If nothing happens, the butter can be considered safe for consumption.

Take a look at the video demonstration here:

Earlier, FSSAI also suggested a simple test to check adulteration in our cooking oil. According to FSSAI, tri-ortho-cresyl-phosphate can be adulterated in cooking oil. As noted in a study in Comprehensive Toxicology, tri-ortho-cresyl-phosphate is a phosphorus-containing chemical molecule or pesticide that has been linked to several large-scale poisons in the past.

So, to check adulteration in oil, just add a teaspoon of butter to 2 ml of oil. If the color of the oil remains unchanged, it is pure and safe to consume. If the color turns red, the oil is contaminated and can cause various health problems.

Take these simple tests today and check for adulteration in your daily food items.

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