Britannia Good Day Biscuit, launched in 1986, is one of the company’s flagship products.
The recipe used in its preparation is purportedly wholesome with nuts and butter, but the high sugar and refined starch content in it (64 grams in 100 grams) makes it unhealthy, and a cause of obesity if consumed frequently . In addition, only 4.2 percent is butter and so bulk of the fat in the biscuits is from edible vegetable oil.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
In India, biscuits are consumed almost daily as snacks and in large quantities and so this makes it a cause of worry as it has high amount of calories (493 Kcal per 100 gm serving), and most of this is from starch, sugar and vegetable oil.
In addition, the product uses an unspecified type of vegetable oil and uses artificial flavouring substances of unknown origin or safety.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product appears wholesome as it has nuts and butter but they are only 9% of the product. The bulk of it is starch, sugar and vegetable oil. This product is not a suitable meal replacement and must be consumed only in small quantities in an otherwise nutritious, wholesome and balanced diet.
Ingredients in Britannia Good Day Biscuits which are a concern:
In 100 gm serving size of the Britannia Good Day Biscuits there is 24 gm of sugar. This food product does not specify which sugar has been used. This is important because different sugars have different metabolic effects. For example, Sucrose (Cane Sugar) is very different from Fructose (Fruit Sugar). Some foods use high fructose corn syrup which may be harmful in much lower quantities than sucrose. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not clearly state what ingredients have been used.
Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA. In addition, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Artificial flavoring substances – nut, butter and vanilla
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Wheat Flour
- Nuts (cashews and almonds)
- Milk solids
- IN 503(ii) (Ammonium hydrogen carbonate)
- IN 471 (Mono- and di glycerides of fatty acids)
- IN 500(ii) (Sodium hydrogen carbonate)
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