Cheetos was launched in India in 1995 and has many variants like Cheetos Masala Balls, Tangy loops, Cheese balls and Cheez Puffs.Cheetos Masala balls has negligible nutritional value and in a single pack of 100 gm, it has 497 Kcal from a starchy base and 25 gm of fat according to their website.
This product is not for people with lifestyle diseases or the obese because of the high calorie content. We advice healthy people also to consume it only in small quantities as otherwise it can lead to health problems.
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 contains a starchy base and 25 gm of vegetable oil packing 497 calories for every 100 grams of the product.
This is not recommended as a snack for people who are susceptible to lifestyle diseases like hypertension, type 2 diabetes or the obese.
In addition, the oil used in the product is PUFA rich and we believe it is mostly Omega 6 fats. This makes it a possible food toxicity source from oxidised PUFA and a health concern due to lack of balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 1 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Pepsico Cheetos Masala Balls is of very poor nutritional value. This food is a very poor meal replacement and is best not consumed except as a very rarely consumed snack by a healthy person.
Ingredients of concern in Cheetos Masala balls
Edible vegetable oil
The product has not specified the name(s) of the vegetable oil used in it. We think that this is not responsible behaviour. Some vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess and could also be a source of
toxicity when oxidised due to heating.
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, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
The 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 to them. 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 fear to disclose!
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
• Rice Meal
• Corn Meal
• Gram Meal
• Spices and Condiments: Chilli Powder, Onion Powder, Spices Extract, black Pepper Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Clove Powder, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder, Nutmeg Powder
• Tomato Powder
• Beetroot Powder
• Citric acid
• Tartaric acid
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