The Britannia Cake Butter Blast is one of the 7 variants of Britannia Cakes and boasts of being a buttery sponge cake containing 6.5% of butter in the cake. The product is a packaged food containing preservatives and also hydrogenated vegetable oils which are known to contain trans-fats.
Due to the presence of hydrogenated vegetable oil and for other reasons mentioned below, we do not consider Britannia Cake – Butter Blast as a safe or recommended food. This food is best avoided. In addition, due to its sugar and simple starches content we believe that this food must be avoided by diabetics and patients of lifestyle diseases.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Britannia Cake Butter blast contains hydrogenated vegetable oils which is known to be source of trans-fats and is unsafe for health. The cake contains 32 gm of sugar per 100 gm serving which is high and detrimental to health.
As the cake is made of refined wheat flour or maida, it is a source of gluten and simple starches. This food is unsuitable for diabetics and also for those who have heart disease.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The cake contains eggs and butter which is nutritious but also contains a lot of ingredients which may not be good for health. High sugar quantity of 32 gm per 100 gm is a worrying factor as kids and adults both love these cakes and they are eaten in huge quantity without worrying about calorie intake and sugar intake.
Big brands like Britannia should avoid using poor ingredients like hydrogenated vegetable oils which contains trans-fats, as millions of Indians’ health are being affected by them.
Ingredients of concern in Britannia Cake-Butter Blast
- Edible vegetable oil/Hydrogenated vegetable oil
- Liquid Glucose
- Edible common salt
- IN 420
- IN 520
- Added flavour(Butter)
Britannia cake Butter blast contains 32 gm of sugar per 100 gm serving which is high. This food product does not specify which sugar has been used. This is also 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.
Edible vegetable oil/Hydrogenated vegetable oil
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans-fatty acids or “trans-fats”, which are harmful to health. Trans-fats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Trans-fats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Trans-fats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimers disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolysis of starch. Glucose is a sugar. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Sorbitols IN 420
Sorbitols are derived from glucose, either obtained from berries of the Sorbus aucuparia tree or synthesised. They are used in confectionary, dried fruit, pastries, low calorie foods, pharmaceutical syrups and ophthalmic preparations and is the seventh most widely used preservative in cosmetics. Sorbitols are not permitted in foods for infants and young children, as they can cause gastric disturbance. Four pieces of low-joule chewing gum can make a child seriously ill. Not recommended for diabetics or people with fructose intolerance.
Aluminium sulphate IN 520
Aluminium sulphate is a natural mineral, from which the commercial product is purified. Aluminium sulphate is used to precipitate protein, for example during the beer brewing process. It also strengthens the structure of vegetables during processing. Found in Beer, pickled vegetables, proteins (deodorant, as anti-bacterial agent). Aluminium inhibits the uptake of B-vitamins. It may also influence liver function in high concentrations. Aluminium in food has been linked to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminium is a toxin and we do not recommend its use in food.
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.
Ingredients present in Britannia Cake- Butter Blast which are not a concern:
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