You must have seen sweets coated with silver leaf displayed in shops. This chandi-ka-warq does make the desserts look enticing enough but can be extremely debilitating for your health. Silver is being used for garnishing for a very long time. The elegant wrapping makes your favourite Kaju Barfi, Gulab Jamun, and other such sweets look opulent and grand. Apart from giving the sweets a rich appearance, silver coating serves another purpose too. Having anti-bacterial properties, silver coating increases the shelf life of food products. 

We buy any edible item with silver coating thinking it will remain in good condition for long. Little did we know that adulterations are made in the coating especially during the festive season. Food regulators have found that manufacturers substitute silver with aluminum and traces of other contaminated metals like lead, cadmium, and nickel too. The presence of these heavy metals in the coating leaf is extremely hazardous to health. From damaging your heart to irritating skin, and disrupting the synthesis of hemoglobin, these metals can affect you in ways you cannot even imagine. 

In some cases, manufacturers have been found to use poor quality silver which is again not good for health. Unsanitary conditions and unhygienic preparation methods are other concerning factors that must be taken into account before thinking of buying sweets from a shop. 

How to Find if The Silver Leaf on Your Sweet Went Through Adulteration?

Here are a few simple ways to know that:

  1. If the residue of the coating sticks to your finger when you try to wipe it, it is adultered with aluminum.
  2. Ignite a piece of that so-called silver coating. If you get a ball of silver, it is unadulterated. In case you get ashes, you know it is aluminum.
  3. Another way is to rub the silver leaf using both your palms. If it becomes a small ball, the coating has been adulterated with aluminum. Silver will just disappear.