1. Diwali sweets: Are these even edible? Top health hazards to know

Diwali sweets: Are these even edible? Top health hazards to know

Many shops indulge in illegal practice of adulteration of sweets which, when consumed, can lead to mild to severe diseases, to say the least.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 25, 2016 4:29 PM
Check before purchasing those items, you may end up gobbling something which may cause incapacitating health hazards. (Reuters) Check before purchasing these items, you may end up gobbling something which may cause incapacitating health hazards. (Reuters)

Festivals in India have their own significance be it communally or socially. Eco-activists, however, have been vociferous about the negative impacts on the environment during these festivities. If we look closely, we will find it is not just the nature, but our stomach is digesting toxic stuff under the garb of palatable delicacies. Diwali is a festival of lights. With less than a week to go for the festival, shops are getting decked up with mouthwatering desserts and sweet snacks. You just can’t resist from buying those lip-smacking goodies! However, are they even edible let alone being palatable? Check before purchasing those items, you may end up gobbling something which may cause incapacitating health hazards.

Many shops indulge in illegal practice of adulteration of sweets which, when consumed, can lead to mild to severe diseases, to say the least. Here are a few common ones that buyers should beware of.

Ghee

Adulterant: Palmolein oil.

Health Alert: Contains saturated fat. Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Silver Varakh

Adulterant: Aluminium which is unsuitable for consumption.

Health Alert: Brain and bone disease caused by high levels of aluminum in the body. It also causes kidney disease in children.

Mava

Adulterant: Palmolein oil.

Health Alert: Contains saturated fat. Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Food colour

It is a non standard product.

Health Alert: If overused, it may cause allergies. Intake of food colour for a prolonged period is harmful.

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