Chings Schezwan Chutney

 

 

 

 

 

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Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney is a fusion of red chillies and ginger-garlic with schezwan pepper and Chinese spices.

Condiments as these tend to be high on salt and this product too contains high salt at 340 mg per 30 gm serving of it. It should be avoided by those with kidney disease, high blood pressure and lifestyle diseases.

The foodnetindia safety rating for this product:-

foodnetindia safety rating: 5 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

The high salt in it is  a health risk to some. The product also contains a load of flavour enhancers and preservatives which are a matter of concern for us.

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

Wholesomeness is not a feature of this product as it is anyway not meant to be a food replacement. It is an accompanying condiment.

Ingredients of concern in Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Edible Vegetable Oil- Sunflower Oil
  • Flavour Enhancers: Disodium 5′. Guanylate (E627), Disodium 5′. Inosinate (E631)
  • Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211)

Sugar

This food product does not specify which sugar has been used. This 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.

Salt

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.

Edible Vegetable Oil-Sunflower Oil

Certain 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, 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.

In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.

Flavour Enhancer-IN 627 Disodium 5′. Guanylate

Sodium salt of guanylic acid, a natural acid, which is part of RNA, one of the genetic carrier molecules in the cell. It is thus part of all cells in all living organisms. Commercially prepared from yeast extract or sardines. Flavour enhancer.

Guanylic acid and guanylates do not have the specific umami taste but strongly enhance many other flavours, thereby reducing the amounts of salt needed in a product.

Asthmatic people should avoid guanylic acid and guanylates. As guanylates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout. However, the concentrations used are generally so low that no effects are to be expected.

Flavour Enhancer Disodium 5′. Inosinate (E631)

Sodium salt of inosinic acid is a natural acid, that is mainly present in animals. Commercially prepared from meat or fish (sardines). May also be produced by bacterial fermentation of sugars.

Inosinic acid and inosinates do not have the specific umami taste but strongly enhance many other flavours, thereby reducing the amounts of salt or other flavour enhancers needed in a product.


Asthmatic people should avoid inosinates. As inosinates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout. However, the concentrations used are generally so low that no effects are to be expected.

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

  • Water
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Soy Sauce Powder
  • Soya bean
  • Wheat
  • Corn Starch
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Corn Starch
  • Spices: White pepper, Schezwan pepper
  • Acidifying Agent: Acetic acid (E260).

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