Product Review- Maggi Hot Heads Peri Peri Noodles
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Nestle Maggi Hot Heads Peri Peri Instant Noodles is a recent variant of Maggi Instant Noodles.
Many people consider Nestle Maggi as a healthy meal replacement, influenced by the aggressive advertisements on TV. The product has very little protein or micronutrient diversity and is not a good meal replacement. When eaten as a complete meal, it should be eaten along with good sources of protein and with abundant non starchy vegetables.
This product contains palmolein oil which is generally a safe oil as 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 often rendered toxic.


However, last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are a “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.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating : 5 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
While we believe the product to be quite safe, we are forced to reduce its rating due to the unsafe manner in which people consume it. In India, instant noodles are widely used as a meal replacement without added vegetables and protein. This makes it unsafe due to the lack of balance and nutrition, becoming a possible cause for lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, non alcoholic fatty liver disease and hypertension.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Maggi Hot Heads Peri Peri Noodles could be a grain replacement in a meal and little else. It’s wholesomeness and nutrition would be comparable to any grain and therefore while acceptable as a part of a meal, it does not constitute a wholesome meal by itself.
Ingredients of concern in Maggi Hot Heads Peri Peri Noodles

  • Wheat Gluten,
  • Salt

Wheat Gluten
It contains gluten, a significant proportion of the population is gluten intolerant, either because they suffer from Celiac disease (1% of the population) or gluten sensitivity, which is quite common. Many people who suffer from gluten intolerance may be asymptomatic and may be unaware that they suffer from systemic and chronic inflammation due to their gluten intolerance.
Gluten intolerance has also been linked to autoimmune diseases, cancers, intestinal inflammation, degeneration of the intestinal lining and has even been linked to several mental illnesses (either as a cause or exacerbating factor) the most serious being cerebellar ataxia, a serious disease of the brain that involves an inability to coordinate balance, movements, problems talking, etc. Persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s, etc., have been known to respond well to a gluten free diet.
Salt
Food as these are usually high in salt, the WHO recommended salt intake is between 1-3 gms per day. High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.
Ingredients You Should Be Concerned About (Taste Maker)
Salt
Sugar
Edible Vegetable oil-Corn oil
Gluten
Added flavours
Salt
Food as these are usually high in salt, the WHO recommended salt intake is between 1-3 gms per day. High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.
Sugar
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.
Gluten
It contains gluten, a significant proportion of the population is gluten intolerant, either because they suffer from Celiac disease (1% of the population) or gluten sensitivity, which is quite common. Many people who suffer from gluten intolerance may be asymptomatic and may be unaware that they suffer from systemic and chronic inflammation due to their gluten intolerance.
Gluten intolerance has also been linked to autoimmune diseases, cancers, intestinal inflammation, degeneration of the intestinal lining and has even been linked to several mental illnesses (either as a cause or exacerbating factor) the most serious being cerebellar ataxia, a serious disease of the brain that involves an inability to coordinate balance, movements, problems talking, etc. Persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s, etc., have been known to respond well to a gluten free diet.
Edible Vegetable Oil- Corn Oil
Certain vegetable oils 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. In addition, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Added flavour
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:
Noodles :

  • Wheat flour,
  • Palm Oil,
  • Thickeners (508 & 412),
  • Acidity regulator (500(i) & 501 (i)) and Humectant (451(i)).

Peri Peri TasteMaker :
Mixed Spices [(39.1%) of Which (Red Chilli (30.6%),

  • Garlic (26%),
  • Onion (22.1%),
  • Ginger (10.9%),
  • Black Pepper (5.1%),
  • Capsicum Extract,
  • Coriander Extract And Cumin Extract)]
  • Noodles Powder ( Wheat Flour,
  • Palm Oil,
  • Stabilizer (170(i)),,
  • Thickeners (508 & 412),
  • Acidity Regulator (500 & 501(i)) And Humectant (445(i)),
  • Tomato
  • Dehydrated Tomato Paste Solids [(7.9%) Of Which ( tomato Paste (98.5%),
  • Anticaking Agent (551) and salt )],
  • Edible starch,
  • Edible vegetable Oil (Palm Oil & Corn oil ),
  • Flavour enhancer (635) and acidity Regulator (330)

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