Maggi Cup-a-licious Dal Shorba is a new instant range of Single Serve Soups.
This soup contains a high amount of salt at 4.2 gm per 100 gm pack, this is of concern to those with kidney health issues and people with high blood pressure. The WHO recommends a daily intake of salt is between 1-3 grams.
It contains Palm oil where we would like to know if it is free of glycerol-based process contaminants . These have been under the scanner recently as a safety authority delivered a scientific report that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are a “potential health concern”.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The high salt in this packaged soup poses a safety concern in a population at high risk of metabolic syndrome and heart disease. In addition, the sugar content is 10.5 gm per 100 gm pack which is high considering it as a soup product.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
While the product has quite a few wholesome ingredients, soup products in india are often eaten as health products by people who are already at risk of lifestyle diseases. The high salt and sugar content forces us to give this a low wholesomeness rating.
Ingredients of concern in Maggi Cup-a-licious Dal Shorba with Roasted Garlic
- Flavour Enhancer (IN 635)
- Added Nature Identical Flavouring Substances
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.
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.
Flavour Enhancer-IN 635 (Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides)
It is a mixture of sodium salts of guanylic and inosinic acid and is used as a flavour enhancer. Guanylates and inosinates do not have the specific umami taste but strongly enhance many other flavours, thereby reducing the amounts of salt or other flavour enhancers needed in a product. It is used in many products. Mainly used in low sodium/salt products and not intended for kids below 12 weeks. Asthmatic people should avoid guanylates and inosinates. As guanylates and inosinates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout. However, the concentrations used are generally so low that no effects are to be expected.
Added Nature Identical Flavouring Substances
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!
By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Edible Starch
- Roasted Toor Dal (20%)
- Toasted Onion (Onion & corn oil)
- Dehydrated Garlic
- Cumin Powder
- Palm Oil
- Dehydrated Coriander Leaves
- Ginger powder
- Roasted Garlic Flakes (1.5%)
- Turmeric Powder
- Roasted Cumin Seeds
- Acidity Regulator (330)
- Red Chilli Powder
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