Alpenliebe Juzt Jelly Fruit Bears are sugary jelly chews for kids.
They are extremely sugary as they contain 51.4 gm of sugar per 100 gm pack and excessive sugar consumption contributes to problems like childhood obesity and diabetes among children.
The foodnetindia rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating : 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product is rated below safety grade at 2 because sugar is its main component. Excessive sugar consumption is a widespread problem in the population today and a key contributor to a range of lifestyle diseases. In kids, obesity, ADHD and many other problems are being linked to excessive sugar consumption, in kids, Sugar is also a major contributor to poor dental health.
In addition, this product uses invert syrup which is similar to high fructose corn syrup. Unlike glucose, fructose is metabolised in the liver and high fructose consumption is associated with insulin resistance, non alcoholic fatty liver disease and other conditions.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product primarily comprises of sugar and it does not have much going for it in the wholesomeness department. This product must not be used as a meal replacement and we believe that it does not belong in a healthy, balanced meal plan, except in very small quantities.
Ingredients of concern in Alpenliebe Juzt Jelly Fruity Bears
- Invert sugar
- Liquid Glucose
- Thickener (INS 440)
- Contains Permitted Synthetic Food Colour (INS 102, In 124, IN 133)
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.
A high intake of sugar causes our blood sugar levels to shoot up, giving us that feel-good ‘high’ followed by a crashing slump which leaves us tired, irritable and craving more sugary foods. It’s a vicious cycle that may be contributing to our weight problems as well as health concerns like diabetes and heart disease.
Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolisis of starch. Glucose is a sugar. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Thickener: INS 440
Pectin as thickening agent may cause intestinal problems when present in high concentrations. As a result of its thickening effect, it is also used in diet preparations, where it reduces the feeling of hunger. It can be fermented in the large intestine, resulting in flatulence.
Contains Permitted Synthetic Food Colour (INS 102, In 124, IN 133)
Tartrazine is an azo dye. No side effects are known for pure tartrazine, except in people who are intolerant to salicylates (aspirin, berries, fruits); in that case tartrazine also induces intolerance symptoms. In combination with benzoates (E210-215), tartrazine is implicated in a large percentage of cases of ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children. Asthmatics may also experience symptoms following consumption of tartrazine, as it is a known histamine-liberating agent.
Ponceau 4R-IN 124
Since it is an azo dye, it may elicit intolerance in people intolerant to salicylates. Additionally, it is a histamine liberator, and may intensify symptoms of asthma. In combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children.
Brilliant Blue FCF-IN 133
It is a synthetic blue food colour which may cause food allergies.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Fruit puree (25%)
- Acidity Regulator: INS 296, INS 330, IN 331(iii)
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