This product is a popular snack in Mumbai and comprises of rice puffs and bengal gram, fried in refined Palmolein oil.
Adding Bengal gram to rice puffs increases the nutritional value of the food, however it has a high salt content of 164 mg per serving of 28 grams
If you are looking for wholesome ‘diet food’ to lose some weight, then better to snack on nuts which actually help to reduce weight despite their high calorie content. We do not consider Garden Diet Bhel to be a diet food. It is high in calories from simple starches, which are fattening because of their high glycemic and insulinemic value.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
Foodnetindia safety rating : 8 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product has high salt content. Otherwise it is a safe food though not a very healthy one.
Foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 6– (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product has nutritional rice poha, bengal gram dal and bengal gram flour and is fried in palmolein oil which altogether 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 be 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 Garden Diet Bhel
This product has a high amount of salt of 164 mg per 28 gm of the product. 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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
Rice (puffed and flaked )(45%),
Refined palmolein oil
Dehusked Bengal gram flour ( besan ) (18%),
split Bengal gram ( dal chana ) (9%),
roasted split Bengal gram ( dal chana ) (4%),
seasoning mixed powder ( turmeric ,asafoetida,
acidity regulator (INS 330),
Mustard,cumin,chili and curry leaves (0.03%) )
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