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Karachi Bakery Osmania Biscuits is a popular biscuit brand.
It uses hydrogenated vegetable fat as an ingredient (which according to the food label consists of Palm oil, cotton seed oil and refined rice bran oil) but partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Karachi biscuits contain 8.23% sugars as per the food label and contains a high amount of fat at 32.03 gm per 100 gm pack, most being hydrogenated vegetable fat.
The product contains a high amount of 1.67 gm salt (671mg sodium) in a 100 gram serving which is almost the permitted amount of salt an adult should consume in a day as per WHO standards.  
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The use of a large amount of hydrogenated vegetable fat in any product makes it unsafe for people who wish to avoid lifestyle disease.
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Transfats are toxic and some countries and also cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
 
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating:3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Karachi biscuits contains nutritious table butter and milk solids in it, but the use of hydrogenated vegetable fat and high salt and sugar makes it unsuitable for consumption for most people.
Ingredients of concern in Karachi Bakery Osmania biscuits

  • Sugar
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat
  • Salt

Sugar
Sugar is a carbohydrate found naturally in a host of different foods from lactose in milk to the fructose in fruit and honey. In fact, we need some sugar in our diets to supply ready energy to fuel our muscles and keep our brains active. The problem is that many processed foods have added sugar which supplies energy in the form of calories – and very little else. This means our body has to draw on the nutrients from the rest of our diet to process it and this can affect our health, including our immunity – leaving us more prone to bugs and colds. 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.
Hydrogenated Vegetable fat
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “trans-fats”, which are harmful to health. Trans-fats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Trans-fats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants. Trans-fats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Hydrogenated fat is widely used. We see it listed in the ingredients of margarine, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals, fried foods, sweets, crisps, fish fingers and many dairy products. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it gives food structure and does not feel or taste oily.
Salt
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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Milk Solids
  • Table butter
  • Refined wheat flour-Maida

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