Haldiram’s Aloo Lachha is primarily a potato based product of a starchy base, deep fried in palmolein oil. The macro and micro nutrient diversity of this food is very poor.
The product contains a high amount of salt at 400 mg sodium or 1 gm salt per 100 gm. It is high as the WHO recommended daily allowance for salt intake per day is between 1 to 3 gm.
As it is a deep fried snack it contains a high amount of fat at 45.65 gm per 100 gm pack and the rest of it is mostly potato starch.
Palmolein oil is generally a safe oil as unlike most other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.
However, last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are a “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.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This is high Salt, Fat and Simple Starch Product. Frequent and high consumption of snacks like these can lead to obesity and a host of lifestyle diseases along with it.
This food can not 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.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product doesn’t have much going for it in the nutrition and wholesomeness department. It has very poor macro and micro nutrient diversity.
Ingredients of concern in Haldiram’s Aloo Lachha
The product contains a high amount of salt at 1 gm per 100 gm. 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 which are not a concern:
- Refined Palmolein oil
- Red Chilli Powder
- Refined Sugar
- Black Salt
- Dried Mango Powder
- Dried Ginger powder
- Acidity Regulator and Antioxidant IN 330
- Black Pepper
- Bay Leaves
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