Quality evaluation of speciality rice varieties available in South Indian (Chennai) market

Shobana, S and Anjana, R and Kumar, H A and Unnikrishnan, R and Anjana, R M and Mohan, V and Sudha, V (2019) Quality evaluation of speciality rice varieties available in South Indian (Chennai) market. Journal of Diabetology, 10 (2). p. 62. ISSN 2078-7685



Background: Several speciality rice with health claims are emerging in the south Indian market. The study aims to examine the nature of speciality rice with health claims available in the Chennai market. Methodology: A market survey was conducted in randomly selected outlets from 4 zones of the Chennai city urban market (100 stores including supermarkets / hypermarkets / departmental stores/ pharmacies were visited and rice samples were collected). The product label information, claims declared on the pack and morphological features of the rice samples were examined and recorded using stereo‑zoom microscope. Results: Fifteen rice samples of different categories including whole‑grain rice (8), semi‑polished rice (2) and polished white rice (5) were evaluated. Three samples had low‑ glycaemic index claims among whole‑grain rice and 2 among polished white rice. The health claims were not supported with scientific evidence and were sometimes misleading as revealed by stereo‑zoom microscopic examination. Conclusions: The authenticity of many of the health claims declared on the rice packs is questionable due to the lack of scientific evidence. The awareness about the quality of rice would be helpful for the consumer to make a wise choice about which cereal staple to purchase.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/jod.jod_20_18
Uncontrolled Keywords:Claims, low‑glycaemic index, market survey, scientific evidence, speciality rice
Subjects:Nutrition and Diabetes
Divisions:Department of Nutrition and Dietitics
Department of Diabetology
ID Code:1131
Deposited By:surendar radha
Deposited On:06 Sep 2019 12:45
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 12:45

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