Don’t we all fancy gifting Dry Fruits to each other in Diwali? Don’t we feel happy to see our relatives being extremely happy because of our gift?But have we ever thought whether we are making their festival joyous by our gift or are we creating health issues for them? Find out how you can recognise the dry fruits to be adulterated or not.
The dry fruits have a long life of years. These need to be stored properly. In case if these are not stored properly, there are likely chances of your getting the disease associated with the intake of food like diarrhea, vomiting,etc. Dry fruits that are not packaged can be from an unknown sector and hence, has the potential of possessing many harmful effects. Therefore, before you buy the dry fruits, you must look for the following-
Discolouration-If the colour of the dry fruits become darker , consider the dry fruits to be alterated.Also, when the dry fruits get spoiled, the colour of the dry fruits become darker than the normal colour.
Difficulty in chewing-If you are unable to chew the dry fruits, the dry fruits are adulterated. This reveals that the dry fruits are old.
Bad Smell-If the dry fruit smells bad, the dry fruit hasn’t been stored appropriately. This reveals that the dry fruit has been rotten and this has happened because of a lot of water being absorbed by the dry fruit.
Expiry date not mentioned-When the dry fruits are sold in open or are sold in the boxes of the sweets, they do not have an expiry date. The people who wish to buy the dry fruits must check the expiry date mentioned by the FSSI on the packet. The expiry date is mentioned as per the guidelines of the FSSAI. You must try to look for the logo of FSSAI to be on the safer side of knowing that the dry fruits being bought by you are appropriate.The packet should also mention the nutritional details of the dry fruits sothat you are aware that the purchase is from the direct licensed manufacturer of the dry fruits.
Preservatives being mentioned on the packet-If the packet mentions the types of preservatives used for preserving the dry fruits and also mentions the amount of sweets being used,do not buy it.
Irrespective of the dry fruits being adulterated, gifting Dry fruits seems to be a better option than gifting sweets. This is because the sweets are extensively adulterated. Though the tradition since years has been gifting the sweets but the sweets have been found to be extremely adulterated and therefore, a better solution is gifting dry fruits. People therefore, have shifted their priority from gifting sweets to gifting dry fruits. The food and drugs control administration (FDCA) found 6700 kgs of not original Maawa that was used in making the sweets for Diwali. Unfortunately, the sale of such type of sweets has increased tremendously. Therefore, the people have started gifting dry fruits instead of the sweets. Since last four years the sale of sweets during Diwali was much higher but last year the sale of dry fruits exceeded the sale of the sweets by ten percent. This speaks volumes about dry fruits still being a better option than the sweets. Remember to eat dry fruits but do remember to get yourself tested for Diabetes because we all tend to eat more during the festive season of Diwali!Wishing you all a happy Diwali and a sound health!!