Britannia Nutri Choice Digestives is one of the most popular digestive biscuits consumed in India.
While reviewing this product we note that in 100 gm of this biscuit there is 15 gm of sugar and overall almost 280 calories from simple carbohydrates and sugars, which is bad news for diabetics, obese people and those with lifestyle diseases. It also contains 19.6 gm of fat from an unspecified vegetable oil.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
In India snacks like biscuits, are consumed in large quantities in every household which leads to piling up of calories and fat quickly.
This biscuit contains 15 gm sugar and over 50 percent of its calories from sugar and simple carbohydrates, which is high and unsafe for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight.
We recommend that this product must only be consumed in very small quantities and that too not by the obese.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This product cannot be considered as a a meal replacement choice as it is high in sugar, simple starches and calories and should be eaten in small quantities only as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan; and that too only by the healthy.
Ingredients of Concern in Britannia Nutri Choice Digestives
- Edible vegetable oil
- Liquid Glucose
- Edible Common salt
- Added flavours and nature identical flavouring substance
- Dough Conditioner: IN 223
Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
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.
Britannia Nutri Choice Digestives contains 15 gm sugar in 100 gm serving. 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.
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.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolysis of starch. Glucose is a sugar. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Sodium salt of sulphurous acid: IN 223
It is a white, non-stable powder, which reacts with oxygen to form sodium sulphate. In acidic conditions it forms sulphurous acid, which acts as a preservative. It is used as a preservative in some products and may be used as a bleaching agent. Due to its oxidising effect, it may reduce the vitamin content in products. It is reduced in the liver to harmless sulphate and excreted in the urine.
Added flavours and nature identical flavouring substance
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. fThe 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 Britannia Nutri Choice Digestives which are not a concern
Refined Wheat Flour
• Whole Wheat Flour
• Wheat Bran
• Raising agent: IN 500(ii), IN 503(ii)
• Emulsifiers: IN 322, 472(e)
• Solbake: IN 471, IN 481(i), IN 270, IN 211
• Malt product
• Milk Solids
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