The product contains soybean oil which contains large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. A balanced omega 6 and omega 3 ratio is necessary for good health.
The high sugar content of the product is also a detriment to those who want to maintain good health. Sugar from various processed foods adds up to rapidly exceed the daily recommended safe limit even for healthy people.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3– (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The high omega6 PUFA rich vegetable oil of the product along with high sugar, high salt content lowers our safety rating for this product.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
As this is a condiment and is consumed usually in small quantities along with finger food, the wholesomeness of it is less of a concern if the entire meal is quite wholesome. .
Ingredients of concern in Delmonte Eggless Mayonnaise:
Edible Vegetable Oil (Soyabean Oil)
Thickeners (INS 1442, INS 415)
Preservative IN 211
Refined soybean oil
Certain vegetable oils like soybean oil 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.
Hydroxypropyl di-starch phosphate IN 1442
It is prepared by treating starch with propyleneoxide and phosphoric acid. The resulting starch is more stable against acid, alkaline and starch degrading enzymes. It also provides better colour and shine to products and has very good freeze-thaw properties. It is a thickening agent in many food products.
Some side effects include slowing down the degradation of food in the intestine.
Xanthan Gum IN 415
A natural polysaccharide, produced by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris from sugar and molasses. It is a thickening agent, stabiliser and emulsifier.
High concentrations bring about flatulence and bloating, due to fermentation by the intestinal microflora (in the same way as all indigestible polysaccharides).
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.
The product contains 5.1 gm sugar per 100 gm of the product. 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.
Preservatives Sodium Benzoate IN 211
Benzoic acid and benzoates are used as preservatives against both yeasts and bacteria in acidic products. They are not very effective against fungi, and ineffective in products with a pH above 5 (slightly acidic or neutral). High concentrations have an acid taste, which limits the application. Benzoates are often preferred, due to better solubility.
No side effects known in the concentrations used. In some people benzoic acid and benzoates may liberate histamine and thus cause pseudo-allergic reactions.
Ingredients which are not a concern:
Acidity Regulator (INS 202, INS 270, INS 330),
Spices Extracts and Sequestrant (INS 386)
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