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Curd - The good staple

Any number of health benefits are attributed to good old curd. Heart health, bone health, teeth health, you name it. Moreover, the nutrients present in curd are easily absorbed by your digestive system. Not only that, it also helps in absorbing nutrients from other food items that you have eaten. Eat it with spicy food, bland food, neutral food, curd does something to food that the food itself would not know! Then there are the good bacteria that curd brings to your system. Curd can be one of the best sources of probiotic bacteria, depending on the bacterial strains used. The following report covers two brands of probiotic curd – in addition to seven other regular curd brands – whose bacterial strains were tested in the laboratory.

For any curd, milk fat and solids not fat (SNF) are important determinants of quality – good curd will have more of these. Calcium is important too. Nine leading brands of curd were assessed along these parameters and the results indicate that not all brands are equal. For example, the variation in calcium goes from 197.98 mg/100 gm to 120 mg/100 gm.

Probiotics and Good Bacteria

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of probiotics is ‘live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.’ Probiotic dahi supports healthy digestion. We tested Nestle Acti Plus and Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic for beneficial bacteria. Nestle Acti Plus claimed to have Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria (1 crore cfu/gram). In lab testing it was found to be 1.872 crore cfu/gram. Mother Dairy Advanced claimed to have BB-12 (Bifidobacterium lactis/Bifid bacterium) probiotic strain. In lab testing it was found to be 1.132 crore cfu/gram.

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Dahi or curd means the product obtained from pasteurised or boiled milk by souring, natural or otherwise, by a harmless lactic acid culture; other harmless bacterial culture may also be used in conjunction with lactic acid bacteria cultures for souring. Dahi may contain added cane sugar. Dahi shall have the same minimum percentage of milk fat and milk solids-not-fat as the milk from which it is prepared. Milk solids may also be used in preparation of this product. Where dahi or curd is sold or offered for sale without any indication of class of milk, the standards prescribed for dahi prepared from buffalo milk shall apply.

Side by Side comparison

Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk)
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk)
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk)
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk)
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk)
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk)
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk)
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk)
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk)
Buy Now Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk)
Nestle ₹ 65
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Buy Now Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk)
Big Basket ₹ 20 60% off
Mother Dairy ₹ 50
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Buy Now Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk)
Nestle ₹ 50
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk)
Mother Dairy ₹ 40
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Buy Now Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk)
Britannia ₹ 20
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Buy Now Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk)
Amul ₹ 50
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Buy Now Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk)
Nilgiri ₹ 22
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Buy Now Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk)
Ksheer ₹ 40
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk)
Danone ₹ 55
Refreshed 2 years ago
Highlights
MRP (Rs)
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 65
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 50
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 50
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 40
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 20
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 50
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 22
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 40
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 55
Net Weight (Grams)
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 400
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 400
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 400
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 400
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 150
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 400
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 200
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 400
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 400
Unit Price (Rs) of 100 Grams
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 16.25
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 12.5
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 12.5
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 10
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 13.3
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 12.5
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 11
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 10
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 13.75
Best before (Months)
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 15
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 15
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 15
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 10
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 15
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 15
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 15
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 15
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 17
Marketed/Manufactured/Imported by
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Nestle India Ltd
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Mother Dairy Fruit & Veg. Pvt. Ltd
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Nestle India Ltd
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Mother Dairy Fruit & Veg. Pvt. Ltd
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Britannia Industries Ltd
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : Amul Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : The Nilgiris Dairy Farm Pvt. Ltd
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Dharampal Satyapal Ltd
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Danone Foods and Beverages India Pvt. Ltd
Parameters Tested
Milk Fat Type
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : -
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : Toned Milk
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 1.58
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 1.56
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 3.12
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 3.10
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 3.08
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : -
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 3.05
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 3.09
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 2.11
Fat is an essential part of any balanced diet, providing fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and a concentrated source of energy. As per Dietary Guidelines for Indians by National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, 2011, diets of young children and adolescents should contain about 30 grams to 50 grams fat per day. So, a higher amount of milk fat is better for consumers.
  • As per FSS Regulations, milk fat in dahi prepared from standardised milk shall be a minimum 4.5 per cent. Only Amul Premium Dahi was made from standardised milk and fat content in it was found to be 4.58 per cent.
  • Milk fat in dahi prepared from toned milk shall be a minimum 3.0 per cent. It was above the prescribed limit in all brands as per the lab tests. Nestle a+ (3.12 per cent) had the highest percentage of milk fat.
  • As per FSS Regulations, milk fat in dahi prepared from double-toned milk shall be a minimum 1.5 per cent. It was above the prescribed limit in all brands. Danone (2.11 per cent) had the highest percentage of milk fat.
Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : Toned Milk
Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : Toned Milk
Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Toned Milk
Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Double Toned Milk
Apart from fat, all other solids such as caseins, whey proteins, lactose, vitamins and minerals together make up solids not fat. As all nutrients are required by the body, higher SNF quantity is better.
  • As per FSS Regulations, SNF in dahi prepared from standardised and toned milk shall be a minimum 8.5 per cent. It was above the prescribed limit in all brands. Mother Dairy Classic (9.51 per cent) had the highest percentage of SNF.
  • Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 9.24
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 9.71
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 9.27
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 9.51
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 9.42
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 8.79
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 8.95
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 9.19
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 9.53
    Apart from fat, all other solids such as caseins, whey proteins, lactose, vitamins and minerals together make up solids not fat. As all nutrients are required by the body, higher SNF quantity is better.
  • As per FSS Regulations, SNF in dahi prepared from standardised and toned milk shall be a minimum 8.5 per cent. It was above the prescribed limit in all brands. Mother Dairy Classic (9.51 per cent) had the highest percentage of SNF.
  • Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 197.98
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 168
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 120
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 168
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 120
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 138
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 176
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 168
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 120
    Calcium is a necessary nutrient that helps to form and maintain strong bones and teeth. As per Dietary Guidelines for Indians, 2011, by National Institute of Nutrition, requirement of calcium for a young man/ woman is 600 milligrams per day. So higher is better for consumers.
  • Highest calcium was found in Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic (197.98 mg/100 gm).
  • For General Qualities
    Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : Packed in plastic
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Packed in plastic tub
    All the brands were packed in plastic tub with lid of plastic and aluminium laminate.
    Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : Labelling as required
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : Labelling as required
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Labelling as required
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Labelling as required
    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:
    • Name of the product
    • Trade name, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net quantity in gm or kg
    • Date, month and year of manufacture
    • The words ‘Best before’ (day to be indicated)
    • Nutritional information
    • FSSAI license number
    • Storage information
    • Maximum retail price (MRP)
    • Customer-care details
    The importance of marking cannot be overemphasised, as it gives information about the characteristics of the product and/or claims of the manufacturer, all of which help consumers in choosing the product.
  • All brands had labelling as required by the rules and regulations.
  • Customer-Care Details
    Customer Care No.
    Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 0120 4121212
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : 18001801018
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : 0120 4121212
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : 18001801018
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : 18004254449
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : 18002583333
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : 080 27831400
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : 0120 4032200
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : 18001033700
    Observation
    Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Working
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : Working
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : Working
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : Working
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Working
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : Working
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : Working
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : Working
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : Working
    Email ID
    Nestle Acti Plus Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : consumerservices@in.nestle.com
    Mother Dairy Advanced Probiotic Dahi (Double Toned Milk) : consumerservices@motherdairy.com
    Nestle a+ Dahi (Toned Milk) : consumerservices@in.nestle.com
    Mother Dairy Classic Dahi (Toned Milk) : consumerservices@motherdairy.com
    Britannia Daily Fresh Dahi (Toned Milk) : Not provided
    Amul Premium Dahi (Standadised Milk) : dahi@amul.coop
    Nilgiri’s Dahi (toned milk) : feedbackdairy@nilgiris1905.com
    Ksheer Dahi (Toned Milk) : dsmilk.enquiry@dsgroup.com
    Danone Dahi (Doubletoned Milk) : care.india@danone.com