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Kinder Joy contains sugar, edible vegetable oils and fats, skimmed milk powder 19.5%, low fat cocoa powder 4%, wheat flour, toasted wheat germ, wheat starch, powdered barley malt extract, emulsifier lecithin 322, whey proteins, raising agents 500 ii, 503 ii, salt and added flavours- nature identical flavoring substances.
This product contains edible vegetable oils and fats. 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.
Often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”.  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.
The sugar content in this product is 10.1 gm per serving of 20 gm which is very high and not recommended for people with weight issues, and those with lifestyle diseases. Even healthy individuals on an otherwise low sugar diet should not eat such products often. Frequent and high consumption of sugar laden foods can cause childhood obesity and diabetes in kids. Such high sugar products are not recommended for kids and high sugar consumption exposes children to lifestyle disease risk.
The product contains salt as an ingredient but does not specify the amount on the food label. 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.
On the whole, HFSS (High Fat Sugar or Salt) products like this are not recommended in a healthy and safe diet.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This is a HFSS product which can be harmful if consumed frequently for the health of kids and adults alike. This must be consumed only in small quantities even by healthy people. In addition, this has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats which are not recommended at all in any quantity.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The high sugar content makes it a product which should be consumed very sparingly if one wants to avoid diabetes and weight related problems bringing along a host of lifestyle diseases later on in life.
Ingredients of concern in Kinder Joy

Sugar
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.
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.
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.
Edible Vegetable Oils
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.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Edible Vegetable Fats
Often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”.  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.
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable fat has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. Such oils have been part of human culture for millennia. The term “vegetable oil” can be narrowly defined as referring only to plant oils that are liquid at room temperature, or broadly defined without regard to a substance’s state of matter at a given temperature. For this reason, vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature are sometimes called vegetable fats.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Skimmed milk powder 19.5%,
  • Low fat cocoa powder 4%,
  • Wheat flour,
  • Toasted wheat germ,
  • Wheat starch,
  • Powdered barley malt extract,
  • Emulsifier lecithin: IN 322,
  • Whey proteins,
  • Added flavours- nature identical flavoring substances.

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