Cow Ghee – How pure is your ghee?

Cow Ghee – How pure is your ghee?

Cow Ghee

Indian cuisines are famous for its delectable taste and aroma. Thanks to our age-old cooking tradition that uses a lot of spices and desi ghee. Desi ghee or cow ghee makes our tadka dal savory, mutton biryani lip-smacking and our paranthas complete. Besides the taste and aroma, cow ghee is good for health too.

During the lockdown, Indians had been busy experimenting with different cuisines and one item that has been used vigorously is cow ghee. It is a carrier of fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E and K, which our bodies need in very small quantities but can’t make for itself. These vitamins perform many essential functions.

These vitamins perform many essential functions. Similarly, the essential fatty acids, which cannot be synthesized in our body, are also supplied by ghee. Cow ghee is the pure clarified fat-derived solely from milk or curd or desi butter or from cream to which no colouring matter flavor or preservative gets added. Ghee is an important dairy product that enters inter-state trade too. Due to variation in its composition from region to region and season to season and also because it depends on the type of animal and the feed given, the establishment of its purity often involves elaborate analysis, as well as tests for its keeping quality.

Why cow ghee is more yellow?

Cow ghee is more yellow because of the pigment (the natural colouring matter of animal or plant tissue) beta-carotene. Beta- carotene comes from the cows’ diet, which consists mostly of dried grass, grass, grains and cereals. The amount of beta carotene in the cow ghee depends on a few factors:

Cow feed is the most important (grass-fed dairy products contain more beta carotene than cows who are fed grains).

Cow’s breed.

The season of the year is also important. The biological makeup of milk changes throughout the lactation period.

Disclaimer:

As there is no validated test method to authentic cow ghee, we could not carry out authentication tests. Comparative testing was conducted as per prescribed parameters in national standard for Ghee.

Consumer VOICE team this time singled out 11 popular /regular selling cow ghee brands and tested on different parameters including vitamin A, milk fat, adulteration, flavor and taste among others.

So the next time you are going to buy your cow ghee, make sure you are acquainted with the correct information. To know what constituents make the cow ghee brand best for you, get a copy of the report from the Consumer VOICE magazine.

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COMPARISON OF HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

COMPARISON OF HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

At present, very few insurers offer any kind of insurance cover to those who are afflicted with diabetes. Further, handful of insurers who offer exclusive cover for Type-2 diabetes have extended their health cover to include diabetes/hypertension/cardio problems. For Type-I diabetes, none of the insurance companies offer any cover as of now. If there is a family history, you may want to buy insurance immediately. Consumer VOICE presents a comparison of 5 Health Insurance Plans for Diabetic Patients of parameters like entry age, sum assured, waiting period, per and post hospitalization and many more.

Did you know that by the year 2030 diabetes will become the 7th leading cause of death on a global level. By the year 2025, every fifth patient in the world will be an Indian (as per WHO estimates). The age of patients can be anywhere from 20 to 60. This make one think how to do protect ourselves then. Both types of diabetes are costly. The fact is, the disease has the power to disrupt a family's finances. At present, very few insurers offer any kind of insurance cover to those who are afflicted with diabetes.

Further, handful of insurers who offer exclusive cover for Type-2 diabetes have extended their health cover to include diabetes/hypertension/cardio problems. For Type-I diabetes, none of the insurance companies offer any cover as of now. If there is a family history, you may want to buy insurance immediately. We make a comparison of heath insurance plans for diabetic patients and reveal the best buy, good buy and fair buy.

EXCLUSIONS IN POLICIES (GENERAL)
  • Any pre-existing condition (which would be covered after a waiting period)
  • HIV/AIDS and related ailments/disease
  • Congenital diseases
  • Mental disorder or insanity
  • Cosmetic surgery and weight-control treatments
  • Abuse of intoxicant or hallucinogenic substances like intoxicating drugs and alcohol
  • Dental treatment
    Hospitalisation due to war or an act of war, or due to a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon, and radiation of any kind

Let us look at how to compare diabetic insurance plans:

BRANDS COMPARED
  • Apollo Munich ( Energy)
  • National Insurance (Parivar Mediclaim)
  • Max Bupa ( Heartbeat)
  • Religare (Care Freedom)
  • Star Health (Diabetes Safe)
PARAMETERS COMPARED
  • Maximum entry age
  • Minimum entry age
  • Minimum sum assured
  • Maximum sum assured
  • Co-Payment ( in %) maximum
  • Diabetes waiting period
  • Pre- hospitalisation
  • Post-hospitalisation
  • Daycare treatment
  • Pre-existing disease ( PED) waiting ( in years)
  • Sublimit for each expense
  • Policy term ( period) in years
  • OPD cover
  • Policy options
  • Optional cover
  • Consumer feedback