Boost by Glaxo Smithkline consumer healthcare was launched in 1975-76. It is a leading malt-based Health Food Drink in a chocolate flavour.
Health drinks in India like Boost claim to provide nutrition and energy to the body, but they end up giving us energy in the form of empty calories primarily from simple starches and sugar which is not a healthy drink for children and adults alike who may suffer from an obesity problem or proclivity to metabolic syndrome.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
It is known that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and hypertension or high blood pressure. It is therefore recommended to avoid food and beverages containing high amounts of simple starches and sugars .
GSK boost also contains ingredients of unspecified source, like protein isolate. this may be problematic for people with intolerance or allergies.
The product also contains gluten and lactose from milk solids. People with gluten or lactose intolerance must avoid this product.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 6 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Boost has a high carbohydrate content of 16.4 gm in a serving of 20 gm. It has poor macronutrient balance with only 1.5 grams of protein and 0.5 grams of fat in the 20 gram serving.
Ingredients of concern in GSK Boost
Caramel IN 150c
Dark brown to black liquids or solids having an odour of burnt sugar. It has been linked to gastro intestinal problems and hypersensitivity in some people.
Added nature identical flavours
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.
The product does not specify the source of the protein isolate. It is important to know what the source of the protein is. For example, some people could have a problem with Soy protein. Others may avoid certain classes of protein for various reasons. The brand must specify the source of protein.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
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