Slice was launched in India in 1993 as a mango drink and quickly went on to become a leading player in the category.
Tropicana Slice is a processed drink and contains added colours and artificial sweeteners. The product is very sugary at 15.9 gm per 100 ml of the drink. It is not recommended except in very small quantities because of low nutritional value and high sugar content. It must be avoided by diabetics and by obese people as it may be unsafe for them.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating : 3-(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product is not juice but a sugary drink and contains empty calories which are not recommended for those who want to lead a healthy lifestyle. This may be had only in very small quantities even by the healthy. The addition of artificial flavours and added colours makes it potentially harmful in other ways as well.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Slice cannot be considered as ‘juice’ as it clearly states on its website that it contains only 15% Mango pulp and is not 100% fruit juice. It cannot be considered as a source of nutrition and cannot substitute whole food.
Ingredients in Slice which are a concern:
Food Colours (102, 110)
Slice contains 15.9 gms of sugar per 100 gms, 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.
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!
Tartrazine IN 102
It is a synthetic azo dye, a yellow food colour and very soluble in water. Tartrazine is an azo dye. No side effects are known for pure tartrazine, except in people who are intolerant to salicylates (aspirin, berries, fruits); in that case tartrazine also induces intolerance symptoms. In combination with benzoates (E210-215), tartrazine is implicated in a large percentage of cases of ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children. Asthmatics may also experience symptoms following consumption of tartrazine, as it is a known histamine-liberating agent.
Sunset Yellow In 110
It is a synthetic azo dye, it is a yellow food colour and very soluble in water. Since it is an azo dye, it may elicit intolerance in people intolerant to salicylates. Additionally, it is a histamine liberator, and may intensify symptoms of asthma. In combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children.
Ingredients present in Tropicana Slice which are not a concern
Concentrated Mango Pulp
Alphonso Mango Pulp (15% Mango Pulp)
Acidity Regulator 330
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