Adulterated spices are commonplace now. Chilly, turmeric, coriander and others can have a range of adulterants. From saw powder to colors and more. And in all probability the colors are carcinogenic. When these are mixed with spices, they obviously become harmful for human consumption. Colors are mixed to improve appearance of the packed spices. Spice powders can also have other harmful ingredients like colored crushed rice husk, and crushed wood to increase weight of the packets. The tricks to adulterate are many, but then how does one protect ourselves from this adulteration. By buying from certified suppliers. Choosing to go organic. Reading up a lot more about the subject. Knowing how to do some simple tests to assess the adulteration.

Courtesy foodpathashala.com, we have these tests for you…