Maggi Cup-a-licious Tomato Margherita is a new instant range of Single Serve Soups. It is a Tomato Soup, with herbs like Oregano & Parsley.
This soup contains a very high amount of total sugar at 21.6 gm per 100 gm pack, and a high salt content of 4.5 gm per 100 gm pack, and for this reason we do not recommend this product. Especially so because people in India often buy soup products and consume soup assuming them to be “healthy” and “nutritious” foods. This is a salt and sugar laden product that does not belong in a healthy diet.
It contains Palm oil which we believe is safe, however we must point out a recent concern related to process contaminants – the 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: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The high salt and sugar content in this packaged soup could pose a health and safety risk to people with a range of medical conditions including obesity and hypertension. ,
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This packaged soup product cannot be endorsed as part of a healthy diet due to its high sugar and salt content and so we recommend that it is best avoided or eaten in very small quantities as a part of an otherwise wholesome and nutritious diet.
Ingredients of concern in Maggi Cup-a-licious Tomato Margherita
- Flavour Enhancer (635)
- Added Natural (pizza) and Nature Identical (cheese) 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.
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!
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Edible Starch
- Dehydrated tomato paste solids (17%) (Tomato Paste 18.7%)
- Anticaking Agent (551)
- Milk Solids
- Dehydrated Onion
- Palm oil
- Mixed spices
- Oregano (1.4%)
- Dried Parsley (1%)
- Dehydrated Garlic
- Acidity Regulator (330)
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