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Oct 25, 2011 at 10:00am IST

Tips to check if sweets are adulterated

New Delhi: Adulterated mithai is a big concern this festive season. Diwali is just round the corner and the big draw is, of course, the mithai. But like every year, you need to watch out for adulterated sweets.

The big concern is how can this affect one's health and what should one avoid altogether. Nutritionist Nidhi Sarin gives tips.

CNN-IBN: To start with, which are the most common adulterants? And what are the health risks?

Nidhi Sarin: The most common adulterants are starch and silver foil.

CNN-IBN: So how can we tell if the foil is silver or aluminium?

Nidhi Sarin: There is a simple test, just rub the silver work on your hand by your thumb. If it's aluminium, it will stick to your hand. If it's pure, then nothing will remain.

Secondly for khoya, just rub the khoya on your palm and if it's pure, your palm would become oily, if it's not that oily, then don't buy it.

Also all sweets made up of milk and pilk products must be avoided in festive season as they lead to food poisoning, stomach aches and allergies.

CNN-IBN: Gulab jamuns are a very popular pick. Are they safe?

Nidhi Sarin: No I would say not. You can't even identify the khoya.

CNN-IBN: You have told us about a lot of sweets to avoid. What is it that we can choose to buy then?

Nidhi Sarin: If you ask me, my pick would be the laddoos because they don't have khoya, they don't have colours. See people must also remember that bright coloured sweets are often harmful.

CNN-IBN: So ideally avoid the very brightly coloured mithai. thanks so much.

Those are the tips that can help you this Diwali. Have a healthy Diwali!