Veeba Caesar Dressing contains water, refined soyabean oil, synthetic vinegar, sugar, cheese, milk solids, salt, liquid glucose, herbs, spices and condiments.
The product has an intentionally misleading label saying 77% fat free, which falsely indicates that the product is a low fat product. With 23% fat, over 60% of the calories in this product are from fat and this is NOT a low fat product.
It does not mention the quantity of salt in it, even though salt is an ingredient mentioned on the food label. Products such as these are known to contain high a high amount of salt in them and high salt consumption is linked to diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension and lifestyle diseases.
Although this is a condiment and is usually not consumed in very large quantities, some people do. It still contains high salt and fat plus added sugar. This is an HFSS (High fat, sugar and salt) product and all warnings related to HFSS products apply to this as well.
The product contains refined soyabean oil which is an edible vegetable oil, vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 5 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This Veeba Caesar Dressing is a high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) product and must be consumed only in small quantities as a condiment.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This condiment has vegetable oil and salt and not much of it can be classified as wholesome.
Ingredients of concern in Veeba Caesar Dressing
- Iodized Salt
- Preservative: INS 211
- Refined Soyabean Oil
- Liquid Glucose
- Artificial Flavouring Cheese
The product label does not mention the quantity of salt used in it but we know that condiments like these contain high amounts of 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.
Preservatives Sodium Benzoate IN 211
Benzoic acid and benzoates are used as preservatives against both yeasts and bacteria in acidic products. They are not very effective against fungi, and ineffective in products with a pH above 5 (slightly acidic or neutral). High concentrations have an acid taste, which limits the application. Benzoates are often preferred, due to better solubility.
In some people benzoic acid and benzoates may liberate histamine and thus cause pseudo-allergic reactions.
Refined Soyabean Oil
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, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolisis of starch. Glucose is a sugar.
Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Artificial Flavouring Substances- Cheese
This product does not specify the chemical names of the flavours used and does not mention the quantity used either. While we understand that the legal labelling requirements allow this practice, we find it irresponsible that brands do not self disclose.
Some people are allergic to some of these chemicals and others may want to avoid them. Consumers have a right to know and decide.
Ingredients present which are not a concern:
Synthetic Vinegar- Water, Acetic Acid IN 260
Permitted Emulsifiers and Stabilizers IN 415, IN 1442, IN 1450
Spices and Condiments
Permitted Preservatives IN 202
Permitted Acidity Regulator IN 330
Permitted Antioxidant IN 319
Permitted Natural Colour IN 150 d
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