TEST RE­SULTS FOR PHYSICOCHEMICAL PA­RAM­E­TERS

Consumer Voice - - Ghee/Comparative test -

Milk Fat | Vi­ta­min A | Perox­ide Value | Mois­ture | Free Fatty Acid as Oleic Acid | Phy­tos­terol Ac­etate Test | Pres­ence of An­i­mal Fats | RM Value | BR Read­ing | En­ergy Value | Bau­douin Test | Phenol ph­thalein Test | Polenske Value | Co­liform | Vi­ta­min E | Choles­terol | Sat­u­rated Fat | Trans Fatty Acids | PUFA | MUFA Milk Fat

Fat is an es­sen­tial part of any bal­anced diet, pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial fatty acids, fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins and a con­cen­trated source of en­ergy. The min­i­mum re­quire­ment for milk fat in ghee is 99.5 per cent.

• All the brands ful­filled the min­i­mum re­quire­ment

for milk fat con­tent.

• Among cow ghee brands, Patan­jali (99.94 per cent) had the high­est amount of milk fat; among desi ghee brands, it was Nes­tle Milk­maid (99.94 per cent).

Vi­ta­min A

For vi­ta­min A, the rec­om­mended di­etary al­lowance (RDA) for adults is 600 mil­ligrams daily. As for our tests, we checked the sam­ples for to­tal of vi­ta­min A, which in­cluded vi­ta­min A de­tected and vi­ta­min A con­verted from beta carotene. • Vi­ta­min A was high­est in Goward­han cow ghee and low­est in Mad­husu­dan desi ghee. • Vi­ta­min A from beta carotene was found to be higher in cow ghee than in desi ghee.

Perox­ide Value

This pa­ram­e­ter is an in­di­ca­tor of ran­cid­ity in the prod­uct. Perox­ide value in ghee shall be a max­i­mum 0.6. • Perox­ide value was be­low the spec­i­fied limit in all the brands. Thus they all passed the test.

Mois­ture

Mois­ture gen­er­ally refers to the pres­ence of wa­ter in a prod­uct. Less amount of mois­ture is bet­ter as it trans­lates into a longer shelf life. As per FSS

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