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The wonder ingredient that makes the Indian food so delicious and world famous! Most of the Indian homemaker knows the art of using secret ingredients in the food to make the regular food delicious and mouth watering. Yes you are right! We are talking about Indian spices. The Indian spices are delicately prepared from seeds, fruits, root, bark, or other parts of plants. India has a definite place in the world producing various spices and Indian spices are highly acclaimed all over the world. Here we are going to talk about some hidden facts of Indian spices and how to buy best natural Indian spices.

India cultivates different types of spices across the geographical location and it has a long, tasty and spicy list to announce; Cardamom, Clove, Black Pepper, Cumin Seeds, Coriander Seeds, Mustard seeds, Fenugreek, Turmeric and many more. Each and every spice has some special use. Some add flavors to test, some add smell and some add colors too. Medicinal uses of spices are also well known to heal lot of internal and external damages of human body. Even some spices are used as a quick remedy for some common trouble like cough and cold, wound etc.

Spice has a great importance in kitchen and our lives; however some not so important information is ignored by media and consumers are yet to be discussed. Maybe consumers do not get enough data available to discuss or media does not think it is important enough to discuss. According to Spices Board of India, total cultivated spices in India are about 7.08 million tons in 2016-17. Andhra Pradesh is at the top cultivating various spices. That data is wonderfully revealed in the taste of Andhra Thali, a mouth watering dish. The raw agro spices go through a processing centre and after some refinement and treatment they come to the market for consumers to buy.

Did you ever ask yourself if those packed spices are safe and healthy! You use those spices in regular basis to the food and everyone in the family consumes the food including kids. Now as a consumer we must have rights to ask how safe our spices are. How it is cultivated? How the quality of the spices is checked? Reason why we are raising this questions is that, it is found that lot of Indian spices in the market  have two major hazards; (1) high amount of chemical pesticides and (2) adulteration. It is found that the common spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger, chili, pepper and etc. are having high chemical pesticides residue & the most funny statement is that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) does not have proper guideline for testing the quality of agro products in India. We can’t feel the pesticides in spices; but the drop in the exports of Indian spices in global market by 16% indicates something is not right. A. Jayathilak of Spices Board India declares that all developed countries have stringent food laws and regulations to ensure the safety and health of their citizens and Indian spices can’t fulfill those criteria and as a result lot of shipment came back to India.

One article ‘Are You Eating Adulterated Spices?’ published in The Times of India (Aug 24, 2016) sends a shockwave in the spine. Different spice samples were collected from Indian markets and they were found highly adulterated. YourStory declares that the most common spices (like coriander, cardamom, cumin powder, garam masala, chili powder, fennel seeds) used in every household, every occasion, every restaurants are not pure; they are adulterated and poisonous materials (like saw dust, brick powder, horse dung, heavy metal like lead) are used in that process.One article ‘Are You Eating Adulterated Spices?’ published in The Times of India (Aug 24, 2016) sends a shockwave in the spine. Different spice samples were collected from Indian markets and they were found highly adulterated. YourStory declares that the most common spices (like coriander, cardamom, cumin powder, garam masala, chili powder, fennel seeds) used in every household, every occasion, every restaurants are not pure; they are adulterated and poisonous materials (like saw dust, brick powder, horse dung, heavy metal like lead) are used in that process.

Some easy ways are there to check purity of spices at home but we usually do not put effort to do that. Some other day we will publish an article about quick test methods to check spices at home. The harmful colors and heavy metals are carcinogenic; other adulterations can create dysentery, stomach, liver and intestinal problems. It is unnecessary to point that they are extremely harmful for kids too.Some easy ways are there to check purity of spices at home but we usually do not put effort to do that. Some other day we will publish an article about quick test methods to check spices at home. The harmful colors and heavy metals are carcinogenic; other adulterations can create dysentery, stomach, liver and intestinal problems. It is unnecessary to point that they are extremely harmful for kids too.

You can’t stop buying spices but you can be more cautious than before when buying spices next time. Choose for organic certified, natural spices directly from manufacturer. It might be little heavy in your pocket for the first time, but believe it or not organic, natural spices consumption is not only safer and healthy option but it takes less in quantity to extract its wonderful test, flavors and smell.You can’t stop buying spices but you can be more cautious than before when buying spices next time. Choose for organic certified, natural spices directly from manufacturer. It might be little heavy in your pocket for the first time, but believe it or not organic, natural spices consumption is not only safer and healthy option but it takes less in quantity to extract its wonderful test, flavors and smell.

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