ITC Bingo Yumitos Chilli sprinkled potato chips is a potato based snack, deep fried in an unspecified vegetable oil. Excessive consumption of potato chips can cause obesity, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases.
Snacks like these are consumed in large amounts in India, especially by kids and youth, which could lead to childhood obesity and also heart disease among youth. We advise that these kinds of snacks be substituted by healthy snacks like nuts and fruit.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The salt content in all snack foods sold in India are high and it is a matter of concern as people consume them in large quantities. This product does not specify the salt content and we urge them to have a nutritional label on the pack mentioning clearly the salt content
The brand does not specify which edible vegetable oil is used in the preparation of the product and it is not responsible behaviour as the consumers have the right to know what ingredients are present in the product. Oxidized PUFA from heated vegetable oils is a serious food safety concern as it could lead to a range of lifestyle diseases including cancer.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The main component of this product is potato which is of a starchy base, which is then deep fried in vegetable oil. The macro or micro nutrient profile of this food is fairly one dimensional and devoid of the nutritive value expected from a wholesome meal. In addition, as the vegetable oil used is not clearly specified, we must believe that it contains an Omega 6 rich oil which creates dietary balance problems of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
This food cannot be endorsed as part of a healthy diet and so we recommend that it is best avoided or eaten in very small quantities as a part of an otherwise wholesome and nutritious diet.
Ingredients in ITC Bingo Yummitos Chilli Sprinkled which are a concern:
- Edible Vegetable Oil
- Spices and condiments
- Flavour Enhancers: IN 627, IN 631
- Natural Flavouring Substances and Nature Identical flavouring substances (Chilli Powder)
Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
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.
This product does not specify the salt content in it. 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.
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.
Spices and condiments
The condiments used or their ingredients are not specified. A list of condiments should be provided since certain people may be allergic to some commonly used condiments. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not specify exactly what they use.
Flavour Enhancers IN 631 and 627
Disodium 5’-inosinate: IN 631
Sodium salt of inosinic acid, 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. It is a Flavour enhancer. 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. Inosinates may not be used in products intended for children under 12 weeks. 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.
Disodium 5’-guanylate: IN 627
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.
Guanylates may not be used in products intended for children under 12 weeks.
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.
Natural Flavouring Substances and Nature Identical flavouring substances (Chilli Powder)
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!
Ingredients present in ITC Bingo Yumitos Chilli Sprinkled which are not a concern
- Red Chilli Powder
- Onion Powder
- Wheat Flour
- Milk solids
- Dehydrated Vegetable Powder
- Acidity regulators: IN 296, IN 330, IN 334
- Garlic Powder
- Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein
- Anticaking agent: IN 551
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