Haldiram’s Cham Cham is a popular Bengali Mithai which is prepared using fresh chena (cottage cheese). It is a traditional sweet eaten at festivals or special occasions.
As with many. traditional Indian mithais, this too is very sugary at 51.86 gm per 100 gm of the sweet and is harmful for diabetics and those who are obese. It should also be avoided by healthy people unless in very small quantities.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The excess sugar present in this mithai makes it unsafe for the healthy and also for those suffering from diabetes and lifestyle diseases.
There is a warning on the product saying it contains gluten, this is harmful for those who are intolerant to it and should be avoided by them.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Haldiram’s Cham Cham is made from milk and milk solids (chena) which is nutritious and wholesome but the high sugar factor in it makes it unhealthy and unsafe for all who consume it.
Ingredients of concern in – Haldiram’s Cham Cham:
The high sugar content of 51.86 gm per 100 gm of the product makes it unhealthy and unsafe. In addition, 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.
Sulfites are used as a food preservative or enhancer. They may come in various forms, such as Sulfur dioxide, which is not a sulfite, but a closely related chemical oxide, Potassium bisulfite or potassium metabisulfite, Sodium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite or sodium sulfite. Sulfites are often used as preservatives in dried fruits, preserved radish, and dried potato products.
Sulfites are counted among the top nine food allergens, but a reaction to sulfite is not a true allergy. Some people have positive skin allergy tests to sulfites indicating true (IgE-mediated) allergy. It may cause breathing difficulty within minutes after eating a food containing it. Asthmatics and possibly people with salicylate sensitivity (or aspirin sensitivity) are at an elevated risk for reaction to sulfites. Anaphylaxis and life-threatening reactions are rare. Other potential symptoms include sneezing, swelling of the throat, hives, and migraine.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
Preservative: E 224
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