Some bitter truths about the sweets we eat
Oct 11 2013
There are many reasons why I say these are bad. One, they are made from sugar and, two, they are made in ghee. Now as we all know, one of the biggest culprits for our health crisis worldwide is sugar. It consists of nothing but empty calories and has no goodness to offer our bodies. All it does is spike the level of sugar in our blood, which in turn leads to sugar highs and the urge to eat more sugar. The cycle is endless. And it does us no good.
Ghee is equally bad for us. Those days when eating ghee was considered good are far behind. The reason: the quality of milk being sold in the market is terrible. There is rampant adulteration to keep up with the demand for milk. Things like detergent, urea, earthworm slime, pesticides, washing powder and chalk are just some of the items being used to adulterate milk.
Almost every day we read in the papers that somewhere in the country the administration has raided a milk adulteration den. Not to mention oxytocin (a human hormone) injections which are given to cows daily to make them give more milk, and which have the potential to pass on to the humans consuming it. Besides, of course, the multiple anitibiotics that have been found in the milk sold in the market.
Another reason to avoid store bought mithai is the silver foil on them. Did you know that a majority of the silver foil is beaten on the intestines of slaughtered buffaloes and cows? Readers who shun anything from an animal source should think twice before popping that sweet into their mouth. According to politician and animal activist, Maneka Gandhi, varq is made by placing thin metal sheets of silver between several layers of bullock intestines which have been bound together, and then pounded. The resulting product, therefore, has residue of the intestines trickling into it. Also, a study has found that 10 per cent of the foil in the market was actually beaten aluminum!
So be smart and choose wisely. You can still eat mithai, but check the ingredients before buying them. Buy only those sweets which have been made in good quality oil, with no transfats. Avoid sweets which are made from milk products, because you don’t know what the milk may contain. Also, opt for those sweets that have jaggery as their sweetening agent, because jaggery is a healthier sweetener than refined sugar. But the best is to have mithai made from dry fruits, which are the healthiest bet. And do try out this recipe, it is a fabulous twist on the regular unhealthy laddoo.