Product Review: Sunkist Mixed Fruit Jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary feedback

Future Consumer Ltd acquired the exclusive license of California-based leading food and beverage licensor, Sunkist Grower Inc. to manufacture, market and sell fruit juice, sparkling beverages and a range of other food products including jams under the Sunkist brand in India.

This product contains artificial chemical flavours and preservatives. Sunkist mixed fruit jam contains a very high 69 gm of sugar per 100 gm of jam and 287 calories which are almost entirely from sugars. This product is not recommended for the obese and diabetics. People wishing to avoid lifestyle diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension, high triglycerides etc. should avoid this product or eat it very sparingly.

The foodnetindia rating for this product :-

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

If Sunkist Jam was frequently eaten as a food replacement or in very large quantities every day, we would give this a highly unsafe rating of 1 or 2. However, as it is usually eaten in servings of 20-40 grams, despite the high sugar content, we will give it a rating of 3.

The Jam is very sugary at 69 gms of sugar in 100 gms of jam, it seems that the manufacturers intended sugar to be the main ingredient and not fruit.

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

The Jam is very sugary and is unsafe when consumed in large quantities for obese people and diabetics as it contains 69 gm of sugar per 100 gms of jam.

Ingredients of concern in Sunkist Mixed Fruit Jam

Azorubine (Carmoisine):IN 122

Synthetic azo dye is a red food colour. Very soluble in water and since it is an azo dye, it may elicit intolerance in people intolerant to salicylates. Additionally, it is a histamine liberator, and may intensify symptoms of asthma. In combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children.

Added Flavours – Artificial Raspberry, Pineapple and Orange Flavouring Substances

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.

Sugar

Sunkist Jam has 69 gms of sugar per 100 gms serving of it which is very high and also it does not specify which sugar has been used. This product is definitely not for diabetics and obese people. The source of sugar is not mentioned on the food label and 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.

Sugar is a carbohydrate found naturally in a host of different foods from lactose in milk to the fructose in fruit and honey. In fact, we need some sugar in our diets to supply ready energy to fuel our muscles and keep our brains active. The problem is that many processed foods have added sugar which supplies energy in the form of calories – and very little else. This means our body has to draw on the nutrients from the rest of our diet to process it and this can affect our health, including our immunity – leaving us more prone to bugs and colds. A high intake of sugar causes our blood sugar levels to shoot up, giving us that feel-good ‘high’ followed by a crashing slump which leaves us tired, irritable and craving more sugary foods. It’s a vicious cycle that may be contributing to our weight problems as well as health concerns like
diabetes and heart disease.

Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Mixed Fruit Pulp 45% (Banana Pulp, Pineapple pulp, Papaya Pulp, Mango Pulp, Alphonso Mango pulp, Guava Pulp)
  • Apple juice
  • Stabilizer (E440)
  • Acidity Regulator (E-330)
  • Permitted Class II Preservatives E 211

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