Product Review: Country Harvest White Sliced Bread


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Country Harvest White Sliced bread is made of Refined wheat flour and is thus high in simple carbohydrates with very little of the bran.

This bread is high in simple carbohydrates as it is primarily made of maida (refined wheat flour) and thus will be a high glycemic load for most people and we encourage low consumption of this food, not exceeding about 1530% of the calories from your meal, which should also contain adequate additional vegetables, protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.

People who are overweight and with lifestyle diseases should avoid heavy consumption of this simple carbohydrate heavy product as eating it daily and in large portion can cause obesity which is the stepping stone for lifestyle diseases.

The foodnetindia rating for this product :-

foodnetindia safety rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

The product has been given a lower rating because of the high simple carb content and the fact that most people in India who consume it do not restrict it to 15-30% or less of their meal. The resultant high glycemic load reduces overall safety of the meal for most people. In addition, unlike a simple wheat flour chapathi, this product contains several additives that we can do without.

In addition to the above, the product also contains an unspecified vegetable oil. Vegetable oils often contains very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

The product contains soya flour which is high in protein. However, this product can only be acceptable as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal which has sufficient macro and micro nutrient diversity. Since bread tends to be consumed in India in large quantities and is a major part of the meal, its high simple carb content and lack of nutrient diversity makes it unwholesome.

Ingredients in Country Harvest White Sliced bread which are a concern

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.

Salt

Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. The recommended daily intake of salt is between 1-3 grams.

Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases

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.

Ingredients present in Country Harvest White Sliced bread which are not a concern

  • Refined Wheat Flour Yeast
  • Class II Preservative (282)
  • Soya Flour
  • Improver (1100)
  • Acidity Regulator (260)
  • Emulsifier [481(i)]

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