Our Turmeric Powder is free of adulteration – Buy and test it.
Turmeric is a powder with bright yellow color and harbors a wide range of health benefits, including functioning as an anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory. However, most manufacturers tend to tamper with it, releasing a substandard product in the market. Here is a close look at the key things you need to know about turmeric adulteration.
There is widespread adulteration of Turmeric
This spice is synonymous with the South East Asian communities and is one of the most loved spices, making it a prime target of adulteration. The majority of the altering comes in the form of inorganic components like Sudan red, metanil yellow, lead chromate, among others.
As the demand for Turmeric continues to increase, marketers appear to be enjoying a boon even as it proves a bane for consumers. The issue of adulteration is rampant with the powdered form of Turmeric because it can easily mix with other ingredients. You may not be in a position to visually tell apart good quality turmeric powder from one that has undergone adulteration.
There are three different ways in which adulteration often manifests:
- Incidental – Occurs from accidental contamination associated with animal droppings, pesticide residues, and insect larvae.
- Intentional – This happens when one deliberately mixes turmeric powder with chemical compounds such as chalk dust, sawdust, industrial dyes, and sand.
- Leaching – Manifests when metals such as tin, arsenic, and lead leach into the powder.
4 Key tests for turmeric adulteration
As difficult as it is to detect adulteration visually, you can conduct different types of tests to ascertain that you have a superior product. These tests are explained below:
- As difficult as it is to detect adulteration visually, you can conduct different types of tests to ascertain that you have a superior product. These tests are explained below:
- Palm test – A small amount of good quality turmeric powder is supposed to stick on your palm when you rub it and tilt your palm perpendicularly. If most of it falls, there is a high chance that it could have been mixed with other substances.
- Color test – The color test involves investigating the visual and physical appearance of your turmeric powder. Even though this may be tricky to tell for most people, genuine turmeric powder is supposed to be deep orange to bright yellow color.
- Smell test – Good quality turmeric has a distinct and mild earthy aroma, whereas a bad one cannot produce such. In most cases, it will have a smell that does not match that of Turmeric as you may have been used to.
- Turmeric water test – Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a glass of water and let it stand for 20 minutes. Genuine turmeric powder is supposed to settle at the bottom of the glass while the water remains clear. We performed this test and you can check the video above.
Risks of using poor quality Turmeric Powder
There are different risks associated with using turmeric powder that has undergone adulteration. The risks depend on the kind of adulteration was done and the chemical component used. These include:
- It could contain lead, which is highly poisonous and damages the delicate nerve cells.
- Turmeric adulteration sometimes happens using metanil yellow, which is not approved as a food additive. It is hazardous and causes cancer, destroys the gastrointestinal tract and the liver.
- When turmeric adulteration is done using acid orange 7, you face the risk of changes in your blood chemistry and associated physiological disorders
Choose our Turmeric Powder – It is the best quality
Getting genuine Turmeric can be quite a challenge. We know about this problem, and that’s why we are committed to helping you out.
We offer genuine turmeric powder that is of the highest quality. We invite you to test it using any of the four methods described above to prove this. Our reputation is important, and your health matters to us, and that is why we never perform Turmeric adulteration.
We have a wide range of Turmeric-based products such as chutney powders/gun powders, Garam masala, and other spices that use lead-free Turmeric to deliver an exceptional quality product without compromises.
Alternatively you can also buy our Turmeric Whole