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
This is a good, wholesome ‘diet food’ to lose some weight, because it is made of healthy, low glycemic index gram flour and palmolien oil with only 23 percent rice. We consider Garden Lemon Bhel to be a diet food.
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 and a healthy one as well.
Foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 8– (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product has rice puffs, bengal gram flour and is fried in refined palmolein oil which altogether add 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 is rendered toxic. Bengal gram is the primary ingredient in this food, which makes it a healthy and wholesome choice.
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 Lemon bhel
This product has a high amount of salt of 260 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:
Dehusked Bengal gram flour (besan ) (40%),
Refined palmoleim oil,
Puffed rice (23%),
Seasoning mixed powder (Acidity regulator (INS 330),
Asafotida and lemon powder* (0.005%).
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