Curd (Dahi)

Health food, yes, but is it adul­ter­ation-free?

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Any num­ber of health ben­e­fits are at­trib­uted to good old curd. Heart health, bone health, teeth health, im­mu­nity boost, you name it. More­over, the nu­tri­ents present in curd are eas­ily ab­sorbed by your di­ges­tive sys­tem. Not only that, it also helps in ab­sorb­ing nu­tri­ents from other food items that you have eaten. Eat it with spicy food, bland food, neu­tral food, the curd will com­ple­ment most of them. Then there are the good bac­te­ria that curd brings to your sys­tem. Curd can be one of the best sources of good bac­te­ria. The fol­low­ing re­port cov­ers 2 brands of pro­bi­otic curd and 10 of plain curd. With any num­ber of brands out there lay­ing claims to health and taste, it may be use­ful to know the pa­ram­e­ters with which to as­sess their qual­ity, safety and ac­cept­abil­ity. A cou­ple of find­ings from our test re­sults will re­veal to us that the im­por­tant de­ter­mi­nants of qual­ity vary across brands. A Con­sumer Voice Re­port

The plain curd brands were pre­pared from toned milk, while the pro­bi­otic brands were pre­pared from dou­ble-toned milk. As per our stan­dard pro­ce­dure, we un­der­took mar­ket re­search to iden­tify the reg­u­lar-sell­ing brands of curd across the coun­try. We tested the 12 sam­ples on var­i­ous qual­ity, safety and ac­cept­abil­ity pa­ram­e­ters. The key pa­ram­e­ters in­cluded milk fat, solids not fat (SNF), milk pro­tein, cal­cium, phos­pho­rus, car­bo­hy­drates, choles­terol and sat­u­rated fats. We also car­ried out a se­ries of tests to check for pres­ence of heavy met­als and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion. The test­ing was con­ducted at an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. The sam­ples were tested as per spec­i­fi­ca­tions laid out by FSS Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, and In­dian Stan­dard IS: 9617.

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