About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets

Font : A-A+

 The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets

Diwali the Hindu festival is all about sweets, desserts, fire-crackers and socializing. Socializing means tasting and enjoying mouth-watering sweets and desserts with high calories with your friends and family. Counting the calories is a challenge during Diwali. But it is a festive season and a time to indulge. So if you wish to eat your favorite sweets then see to it that you have smaller portions of other meals to cut back on calories.

Also in the last decade the impact of diabetes on society has meant many people avoiding sweets and the ever growing incidence of this 'sweet condition' makes this festival a little bitter for many. However more recently there are many shops that offer sweets that are especially meant for such people. Cutting down on fats, sugar and excess of preservative and food color is the key for healthy Diwali sweets.


Some 'Health Hazards' About Sweets

Have you ever thought that the mouth-watering sweets you savor during Diwali might be of substandard quality? Or may be adulterated? Recent raids across the country have unearthed several kilograms of adulterated sweets prepared with adulterated ingredients.


For the purpose of preservation the sweets factories use formalin. Formalin is a chemical used for preservation of corpses. Consuming such formalin-mixed products can cause damage to the kidneys and liver. It can cause asthma attacks and cancer. Pregnant women are most vulnerable to this chemical and if consumed during pregnancy there are chances of delivering a physically challenged baby.

Silver Foiled Sweets

The 'edible' silver foil' or 'Barkh' used for coating the sweets, are made from metals that can be harmful for health.

Tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pune, confirmed that the silver foil used for coating sweets is increasingly being adulterated with aluminum. Aluminum is a hazardous metal. Aluminum accumulates in body tissues, especially the bones. It can also enter the brain. During pregnancy it can cause damage to the placenta and fetus.

The process of making this silver foil is extremely unhygienic. It involves long hours of beating the foil in pouches of leather and goat epidermis and intestines. It can also cause the remnants to mix into the silver foil.

How to Test Silver foil to know if is good or bad -Gently rub the silver foil between your fingers. If the silver foil is genuine it will virtually disappear. While contaminated or impure foil rolls into a mass. (However this is a crude test.)

Tips for Buying Diwali Mithai or Sweets

1. Avoid buying sweets from lesser known places. Buy from a reputed store. The other options is to prepare them in your own kitchen

2. Buy fresh sweets without silver foils

3. Diabetics should look for special sweets prepared especially for them

4. Lessen the Mithai numbers and substitute using dry fruits and chocolates

5. Avoid sweets with syrup - they usually will have more calories

6. Only buy as much as you or your family can consume in a day

Follow these simple steps and enjoy your way to a healthy and joyful Diwali!

Diwali is incomplete without sweets. These Diwali sweets/ Diwali mithai are an integral part of Diwali celebrations. So enjoy the festival and sweets with a little caution.

Source: Medindia

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Trupti Shirole. (2010, November 04). The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets. Medindia. Retrieved on Sep 24, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/the-good-bad-and-ugly-about-diwali-desserts-sweets-76232-1.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Trupti Shirole. " The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets". Medindia. Sep 24, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/the-good-bad-and-ugly-about-diwali-desserts-sweets-76232-1.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Trupti Shirole. " The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/the-good-bad-and-ugly-about-diwali-desserts-sweets-76232-1.htm. (accessed Sep 24, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Trupti Shirole. 2021. The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets. Medindia, viewed Sep 24, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/the-good-bad-and-ugly-about-diwali-desserts-sweets-76232-1.htm.


News A-Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge About Chromosomes?
Eating During Sunlight Hours Minimizes Mood Vulnerabilities
Know More About the Digestive System
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Healthy Diwali Healthy Gifting Ideas for Diwali Healthy Eating During Diwali Turn This Diwali into a Lighter Sweeter Celebration Top 10 Diet Mistakes to Avoid this Diwali Post-COVID Healthy Diwali 2021 

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug Interaction Checker Diaphragmatic Hernia Find a Hospital Color Blindness Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Accident and Trauma Care Sanatogen Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Daily Calorie Requirements Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam)
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use

The Good, Bad and Ugly About Diwali Desserts & Sweets Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests