According to a survey in 2011, Parle G was the largest selling biscuit in the world.
Parle ‘G’ stands for glucose but they use sugar instead of glucose, and is not recommended for daily consumption especially for diabetics, as it contains 18.2 gm sugar in a single pack of 70 gm.
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 regularly and in large quantities 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 sugar product like this is not safe when consumed in this fashion and may cause lifestyle diseases in adults. Even children and healthy adults must sparingly eat such starchy and sugary products.
One of the product ingredients is edible vegetable oil, it is not specified by the manufacturer which oil is used.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product is a sugary starchy product with 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 G which are a concern:
Parle G contains 18.2 gm of sugar in 70 gm serving pack. 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.
IN 223 (Dough Conditioner)
It is Sodium salt of sulphurous acid. It is a white, non-stable powder, which reacts with oxygen to form sodium sulphate. In acidic conditions it forms sulphurous acid, which acts as a preservative. It is used as a preservative in some products and may be used as a bleaching agent. It is used to preserve onions, alcoholic beverages, bakery products, fruit juices, potato products, etc.
Due to its oxidising effect, it may reduce the vitamin content in products. It is reduced in the liver to harmless sulphate and excreted in the urine.
People who are intolerant towards natural sulphites should also avoid added sulphites (IN221-228).
Ingredients present in Parle G which are not a concern
- Wheat flour
- Baking soda
- Milk solids
- Emulsifier ( di-acetyl tartaric acid,IN 472 esters of mono and di glycerides of edible vegetable oils)
- Raising agent IN 503(ii) (Ammonium hydrogen carbonate)
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