Mango drinks in India are a popular recreational beverage. These yellow coloured drinks, stacked in every shop, are successful in making people believe that these drinks are “fruit juices” and therefore better than carbonated beverages.
But we know that this is far from the truth as this particular drink contains only 30.3% of mango pulp, and a high added sugar content of 10.5 gm of sugar per 100 ml drink serving. We also know that 100 ml is an unreasonably small amount and the typical amount consumed by most people should be considered a “serving”. This would be at least one cup, which is 300 ml.
A serving of this product, by our definition of “serving”, delivers over 30 grams of added sugar. This is a dangerously high amount of sugar for a single drink and we consider this unsuitable and dangerous even for healthy people, and surely for diabetics and those who are obese and have lifestyle diseases.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
We are disappointed with the high added sugar content in this product and also for the added unspecified flavours.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product does not have much going on for it in the nutrition department due to its high sugar content and in our opinion, does not belong in a healthy diet.
Ingredients of concern in Maaza Gold
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.
Added flavours-natural and nature identical flavouring Substance-Mango
This food product does not specify which 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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Mango Pulp (30.3%),
- Acidity Regulator (330, 331(iii)),
- Stabilizer (418),
- Antioxidant (300),
- Sweetener (960).
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