Haldiram’s is one of India’s most popular brand of sweets and namkeens.
Haldiram’s Orange Soan Treat is a traditional Indian mithai. With a sugar content of 10 gm per serving of 21 gm of the mithai, it is extremely sugary and certainly not recommended for diabetics and obese people.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This food is getting a poor safety rating only because of the very high sugar content.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Haldiram’s Soan Treat is very sugary at 10 gm per 21 gm of the product. However, it has chickpea flour and palmolein oil which add some wholesomeness to the product. Unlike most other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is rendered toxic.
A ruling from the European Food Safety Authority said that palm oil is a ‘potential health concern’ when improperly processed. The safety authority said that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are ‘potential health concern’. Animal studies have identified these contaminants, which are formed when vegetable oils are heated to high temperatures and then refined, as both genotoxic (damaging to DNA) and carcinogenic (causing cancer). Of all vegetable oils, palm oil was found to have the highest levels of these contaminants. At high levels of exposure, these contaminants are a health hazard for all age groups, the authority concluded, expressing particular concern for infants, toddlers and children under the age of 10.
Ingredients of concern in Haldiram’s Soan Treat
Haldirams Soan treat contains 10 gm of sugar per serving of 21 gm and 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.
Added Nature Identical Flavouring Substances (Orange)
This food product does not specify which chemical 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.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
A protease (also termed peptidase or proteinase) is any enzyme that conducts proteolysis, that is, begins protein catabolism by hydrolysis of the peptide bonds that link amino acids together in the polypeptide chain forming the protein. They are used as bulking agents, thickeners, emulsifiers,etc.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Wheat Flour
- Chick Peas Flour
- Refined Palmolein Oil
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