Cadbury Bournvita is a popular drink sold as a health promoting beverage by Cadbury Ltd.
“Health” drinks in India like Bournvita claim to provide nutrition and energy, but they end up giving us much of the energy in the form of empty calories primarily from simple starches and sugar which are not a healthy choice for children and adults alike who have an obesity problem or proclivity to metabolic syndrome.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Simple starches and sugars are known to cause obesity and obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and hypertension. It is therefore recommended that beverages like Bournvita which contain high amounts of simple starches and sugars must be consumed only in small quantities by healthy people and must be avoided by people who have lifestyle diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes etc.
The product also contains gluten and lactose from milk solids. People with gluten or lactose intolerance must avoid this product.
A single serving of 10 gm of Bournvita contains 7.1 gm of sugar which is very high and frequent consumption of high amounts of sugar can cause obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 5- (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Bournvita contains wholesome milk but it’s high sugar content makes it suitable as a dessert and not a meal replacement. High sugar consumption is detrimental to the health of children and youth. It should only be an occasional part of the diet only in very small servings and that too only for healthy people.
Ingredients in Bournvita which are a concern:
- Caramel IN 150C
- Liquid glucose
- Added Colour
- Added Flavour Vanilla and flavouring substances
Caramel IN 150C
Dark brown to black liquids or solids having an odour of burnt sugar. The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking. It adds or restores the colour of a food. It has been linked to gastro intestinal problems, hypersensitivity. .
Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases. 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.
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.
Added colour and flavours including natural, nature identical and artificial flavouring substances
This food product does not specify which colors, 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.
Ingredients present in Bournvita which are not a concern
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