Polished vs. Unpolished

Polished vs. Unpolished

Don’t chose shine over health. Learn the benefits of using unpolished dal over polished dal

Pulses (akha dal) are beyond doubt the most important ingredient of an Indian meal. In fact pulses are the most important source of proteins for the vegetarians.Nutrition and food industry is heading towards fancy foods like superfoods and fast food which is precisely junk. This has led to manipulation of all natural foods to make them look beautiful. Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smoothen the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

We don’t really care if this beautification process removes nutrients from foods. We dals and pulses considering how shiny they are! Same goes for rice and many such food items.

Polished dals and pulses undoubtedly look more shiny and bright. But are these healthy? Let’s find out if polished or unpolished dals are healthy for you and your family!

  • Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  • For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  • The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  • Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  • In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.
Is premium price of unpolished dals and pulses justified?

If we consider the health benefits of unpolished dals and pulses, they definitely are worth a premium price over polished dals and pulses. On the other hand, polishing process incurs cost, so if companies stop polishing process, we would be able to buy unpolished dals at a much lesser price than what we are paying for polished dals and pulses. But if companies do that, how will they charge premium on unpolished dals and pulses?

When you make certain product better by adding value to it, higher price is justified. When you charge premium for not degrading the product, is it justified? We feel it’s not ethical to charge people for not adding chemicals to their food !!