Product Review: Parle Krack Jack

 

 

 

 

 

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Parle Krack Jack is one of India’s most popular sweet and salty tea time biscuits. It is known as a ‘light’, biscuit and consumed in large quantities in Indian households, but in a serving size of 13 gm of Parle Krack Jack there is 2.33 gm sugar  which is quite high and combined with the other calories from simple starches in the product, will not keep you light in the long run!

Our readers should be made aware that sugar and simple carbohydrates are a source of instant energy which if not utilised quickly, will be stored as fat in the body. As a result of this an immediate side effect is a surge in insulin in the body and an increase in fat deposits.. This food is not recommended by us for anyone except in very small quantities, and should be avoided by diabetics and obese people.

The foodnetindia rating for this product:-

foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

This product is eaten in large quantities and regularly as a snack by adults and children alike. Very often, it is eaten as a meal replacement by people on the move. A high simple carb, and high calorie product like this is not safe when consumed in this fashion and may cause lifestyle diseases in adults. Even children must sparingly eat such starchy products.

This product contains palm oil and palmolein oil which is generally a safe oil as unlike most other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is rendered toxic but last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are a “potential health concern.” Animal studies have identified these contaminants, which are formed when vegetable oils are heated to high temperatures and then refined, as both genotoxic (damaging to DNA) and carcinogenic (causing cancer). Of all vegetable oils, palm oil was found to have the highest levels of these contaminants. At high levels of exposure, these contaminants are a health hazard for all age groups, the authority concluded, expressing particular concern for infants, toddlers and children under the age of 10.

foodentindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

The product is starchy with a high calorie content and no macro nutrient balance or natural micronutrient diversity. This is not a wholesome product unless it is consumed in small quantities as a small part of an otherwise diverse and wholesome diet.

Ingredients of Concern in Parle Krack Jack

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

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.

Invert Sugar Syrup

Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.

Added flavour

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!

By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.

Ingredients in Parle Krack Jack which are not a concern

  • Wheat flour
  • Raising Agents: IN 503 (ii)IN 500(ii)
  • Edible Vegetable Oils ( Palmolein oil, Pam Oil )
  • Yeast
  • Acidity Regulators: IN 270IN 296, IN 341(i)
  • Emulsifier: Di-Acetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono and Di-Glycerides of Edible Vegetable Oils
  • Dough Conditioner: IN 223
  • Improver: Amylase & other Enzymes [papain: IN1101(ii)]

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