Nestle Kit Kat

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Nestle KitKat bar is a 75 year old snack loved all across the world.

However in our opinion, the use of hydrogenated vegetable fat in the product makes it unhealthy and we recommend you stay away from it.

Hydrogenated vegetable 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.

The product also has high sugar content of 48.7 gm in a 100 gm serving.

The foodnetindia rating for this product :-

foodnetindia safety rating: 4- (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

We don’t consider this bar to be safe for health because of the use of hydrogenated vegetable fats as an ingredient. Hydrogenated vegetable 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.

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

Although the product contains milk solids, it is not a wholesome food and cannot be used as a meal replacement as it is high in sugar at 48.7 gm per 100 gm serving.

Ingredients in Nestle Kit Kat which are a concern:

Hydrogenated vegetable fats

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 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 alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.

Hydrogenated fat is widely used. We see it listed in the ingredients of margarine, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals, fried foods, sweets, crisps, fish fingers and many dairy products. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it gives food structure and does not feel or taste oily.

Sugar

Nestle KitKat contains 48.7 gm sugar in 100 gm serving of it. It 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 Artificial vanilla flavouring substance

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.

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!

By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.

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.

Ingredients present in Nestle Kit Kat which are not a concern

  • Milk solids
  • Wheat Flour
  • Cocoa solids
  • Antioxodant (soy lecithin)
  • Leavening agent IN 500 ii
  • Yeast
  • Nutrient (Calcium Sulphate)
  • Improver (Enzyme)

Disclaimer – The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information. foodnetindia encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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