Parle Monaco is one of the highest sold tea time snack biscuits in India.
It is known as a ‘light’, crispy,, salty biscuit and so it is consumed in large quantities in Indian households, but in 100 gm of Parle Monaco there is 503 Kcal of calories which is quite high and certainly not light!
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product is eaten in large quantities and regularly as a snack by adults and children alike. Very often, it is eaten as a meal replacement by people on the move. A high simple carb, and high calorie product like this is not safe when consumed in this fashion and may cause lifestyle diseases in adults. Even children must sparingly eat such starchy products
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product is starchy with a high calorie content and no macro nutrient balance or natural micronutrient diversity. This is not a wholesome product unless it is consumed in small quantities as a small part of an otherwise diverse and wholesome diet.
Ingredients in Parle Monaco which are a concern:
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.
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 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.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Invert Sugar Syrup
Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.
Artificial Butter Flavor
A study found evidence that the ingredient, diacetyl (DA), intensifies the damaging effects of an abnormal brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The study appears in ACS’ journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. Diacetyl has also been linked to bronchitis and lung disease.
Ingredients present in Parle Monaco which are not a concern
- Wheat flour
- Raising agent IN 503(ii)
- Emulsifiers (mono and di glycerides of fatty acidsIN 471, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate of edible vegetable oils)
- Improver [Amylase & other enzymes, Papain IN 1101(ii)]
- Dough conditioner IN 223
- Acidity regulators IN 270, IN 296
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