Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE - Toovar dal baniya dals Dals dal, kesari dal Vaishali Shenoy, Mumbai dal (dals) dal. dal dal dal dal. dal.

QIn ad­ver­tise­ments on TV, I have come across cer­tain branded va­ri­eties of pulses be­ing pro­moted as more nu­tri­tious, be­cause they are “un­pol­ished”. Now I am aware that un­pol­ished rice has more vi­ta­min con­tent than white rice. Is this the case with dal as well? Does this mean that the and we buy loose from the is not nu­tri­tious enough? Please clar­ify.

AWhile there is not much in­for­ma­tion about the nutri­tive com­po­si­tion of pol­ished vis-a-vis un­pol­ished there is not likely to be a huge dif­fer­ence as the nu­tri­ent loss is not sub­stan­tial. That said, it’s al­ways bet­ter to have un­pol­ished than pol­ish ones. are of­ten pro­cessed us­ing mar­ble pow­der (which is very harm­ful for the in­testines) or pol­ished with oil (added fat) and wa­ter (the source of which is un­known) or with the help of leather belt (made of an­i­mal skin) be­fore they are sold. There­fore the pol­ish­ing process is not ideal. Ar­ti­fi­cial colour may also be used to make the look at­trac­tive. In re­sponse to a query by the NGO, Beauty With­out Cru­elty, re­gard­ing pol­ish­ing of pulses, the In­dian In­sti­tute of Pulses Re­search, Kan­pur, replied ‘First grade (de­husked splits) is never pol­ished. Pol­ish­ing, though not rec­om­mended, is done for sec­ond and third grade Ed­i­ble oil, colour and pow­der are used to im­prove ap­pear­ance of the prod­uct. Com­monly leather belts are used for rub­bing against a screen to give it a shine and uni­form look. Pol­ish­ing is avoid­able as thor­ough wash­ing be­fore cooking is re­quired for pol­ished How­ever, it is claimed that pol­ish­ing im­proves stora­bil­ity of Pol­ish­ing is not an es­sen­tial op­er­a­tion for any pulse.’

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