Deepavali the festival of lights is about to come in just few days. Everybody among us cannot miss the attractive display of sweets, and dry fruits in shops sweets shops. Sweets shops are beautifully decorated with sweets having silver foil for sweets and dry fruits.
It is also known as silver leaf or chandi ka wark in Hindi. The rich texture and glitter of silver foil makes it so attractive, that everyone from kids to adults want to taste it. Before buying sweets with chandi wark or silver foil or silver leaf there are few things we need to know.
Why is chandi wark or silver foil used. Using silver leaf or silver foil for sweets was a part of indian medicine from centuries, and was used for garnishing purpose. It also provide attractive look to sweets. Other few reasons to use silver leaf are these.
Reasons for using silver foil for sweets :
- Silver has antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Silver prevent contamination by different kind of adulterants.
- It increases the shelf life of foods when other preservatives used.
Does silver foil for sweets causes side effects ?
Now the main purpose of making this post comes. Does chandi wark or silver leaf can cause any side effects ? the answer is yes. If it is adulterated or some other toxic metal is used instead of silver. Adulteration is quite common during the festival season.
Adulteration in silver leaf or chandi ka wark has been often detected by food regulators which include substitution of silver with aluminium or uses poor quality silver. In addition to this unhygienic preparation methods or unsanitary conditions in workshops can cause contamination, which poses a risk of food borne diseases.
Also traces of heavy metal contamination like nickel, lead, cadmium can cause serious health issues from diarrhoea and vomiting to food poisoning. So now we will know how to check adulteration in silver leaf or chandi ka wark or silver foil for sweets.
How to check adulteration ? :
Here are two simple tests to check if that silver leaf on sweets is adulterated or not.
- Test number one it is a simple test that anyone can do at home. With your fingers try to wipe off the silver leaf on top of sweets. If the residue sticks to the fingers. It means that the silver leaf is adulterated with aluminium. If it doesn’t then it means the sweets are safe to eat.
- Test number 2 it is a simple home test that can help you to detect adulteration. You need to rub some silver leafs between the palms. if it is silver it will disappear, however if it is adulterated with aluminium it will become a small ball.
So friends in this festival season try to be safe from adulterated silver leaf sweets using these simple steps and enjoy the festival.