Indians liberally eat schezwan sauce with just about anything, be it samosas, burgers, grilled sandwiches and more.
There are many brands of schezwan sauce available in India and they are similar in taste and ingredients. They are generally high in salt content, but if eaten in small quantities as they should be, then it may not cause harm to the health of people. However, people like to keep adding these sauces to their food to spice it up which may cause problems linked to high sodium consumption like high blood pressure and kidney diseases.
We would also have liked Del Monte Schezwan Sauce to have used more natural ingredients and less artificial preservatives. It is high in sugar content too and therefore, unsuitable for diabetics.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 6 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Condiments like Del Monte Schezwan sauce have high salt quantities in them which lead to high blood pressure and kidney ailments when eaten in excess.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This condiment has tomato paste as an ingredient which is beneficial for health as it contains beneficial lycopsid in it.
However, we are unable to give this product a high wholesomeness rating because of sugar, salt and preservatives content.
Ingredients of concern in Del Monte Schezwan Sauce
- Iodized Salt
- Preservative: INS 211
The product label does not mention the quantity of salt used in it but we know that condiments like these contain high amounts of salt. Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. 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.
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.
In some people benzoic acid and benzoates may liberate histamine and thus cause pseudo-allergic reactions.
Ingredients present which are not a concern:
Spices & Condiments: Red Chilli Flakes (996) Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Red Paprika
Acidity Regulator (INS 260, INS 330)
Thickeners (INS 415, INS 1422)
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