TEST RE­SULTS

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Pro­tein | Car­bo­hy­drate | Fine­ness | Al­co­holic acid­ity | Fat | En­ergy | To­tal ash | Acid-insoluble ash | Kesari dal | Mois­ture | For­eign starch | Phys­i­cal im­pu­ri­ties | Pack­ing and mark­ing | Net weight

Pro­tein Re­quire­ment: 21% min as per BIS

Pro­tein plays an im­por­tant role in cel­lu­lar main­te­nance, growth and func­tion­ing of the hu­man body. Be­san is a rel­a­tively rich source of pro­tein among veg­etable-ori­gin prod­ucts. All brands met the min­i­mum re­quire­ment. Ahaar scored high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter. Car­bo­hy­drate Car­bo­hy­drate is a source of en­ergy. Con­sump­tion of be­san en­sures in­take of a fair quan­tity of car­bo­hy­drates. While the na­tional stan­dards have not spec­i­fied any re­quire­ment in this re­gard, some amount of car­bo­hy­drate in be­san ex­ists in­her­ently. Car­bo­hy­drate in the tested brands ranged from 57.84 per cent to 61.26 per cent. Tiru­pati’s scored high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter, fol­lowed by Ra­jd­hani and Tata I-Shakti.

Fine­ness Ninety-nine per cent of the ma­te­rial shall pass through a 500 mi­crons IS test sieve. The fine­ness of be­san af­fects the qual­ity of the fin­ished prod­ucts pre­pared by us­ing be­san. All brands passed this test. Brand Ra­jd­hani com­mented thus on fine­ness: “We in­ten­tion­ally don’t give fine be­san in our con­sumer pack as the semi-fine va­ri­ety can be used for mul­ti­ple pur­poses and is hence more suit­able for home use. The fine va­ri­ety is only good for mak­ing snack items like dhokla. For crisp pako­ras and for mak­ing lad­doos at home, one needs a semi-fine or even a coarse va­ri­ety of be­san.”

Al­co­holic acid­ity Re­quire­ment: Max­i­mum 0.12% by mass as per BIS

Al­co­holic acid­ity of a pack­aged prod­uct is re­lated to its shelf life and fresh­ness. If acid­ity is higher than the max­i­mum limit, mi­crobes may grow, will al­low con­tam­i­na­tion of the prod­uct and re­duce the shelf life of the prod­uct. The higher the al­co­holic acid­ity, the higher is the ran­cid­ity of the prod­uct. Ahaar, Pan, Shakti Bhog and Tata I-Shakti did not pass this test as per Grade 1 re­quire­ment. It in­di­cates that the prod­uct may not be fresh. Fat Be­san is not a rich source of fat but it still adds to its over­all nu­tri­tional value. There is no re­quire­ment for fat con­tent in the In­dian Stan­dard. Fat in the tested brands var­ied be­tween 4.62 per cent

and 5.26 per cent.

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