Parle Jam In is a fruit-flavoured cream sandwich biscuit with fruit jam.
It is a popular snack but it is high in sugar at almost 9 grams per 24 gm serving pack making it unsuitable for obese people and diabetics.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product has artificial preservatives, and also has high sugar content. In large quantities, sugar is unsafe and unhealthy not only for diabetics but for healthy people as well.
In addition, the product uses an unspecified type of vegetable oil and uses artificial flavouring substances of unknown origin or safety.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
In India, biscuits are consumed almost daily as snacks and in large quantities and so this makes it a cause of worry as it has high amount of calories (111 Kcal per 24 gm serving), and most of this is from starch, sugar and vegetable oil.
This product is not a suitable meal replacement, and must be consumed only in small quantities in an otherwise nutritious, wholesome and balanced diet.
Ingredients in Parle Jam In which are a concern:
- Edible Vegetable Oil
- Liquid Glucose
- Sprinkled Crystal Sugar
- Invert Sugar Syrup
- Lecithin of Soy Origin
- Dough Conditioner: IN 223
- Added Flavours (Artificial Flavouring Substances: Vanilla, Mixed Fruit)
- Permitted Synthetic Food Colours
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.
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.
Gelling Agent Pectin IN 440
Pectin is a natural acid polysaccharide present in nearly all fruits, especially apples, quinces and oranges. It is commercially produced from apple pulp and orange peels. Sodium, potassium, and ammonium pectates are the respective salts of pectin. Amidated pectin is prepared by treating pectin with ammonia, after which amides are formed at the acid side chains.
Pectin acts as a thickening agent; thus, it may cause intestinal problems when present in high concentrations. As a result of its thickening effect, it is also used in diet preparations, where it reduces the feeling of hunger. It can be fermented in the large intestine, resulting in flatulence.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolisis of starch. Glucose is a sugar.
Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
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.
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.
Dough conditioner IN 223
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.
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).
Added Flavours (Artificial Flavouring Substances: Vanilla, Mixed Fruit)
This food product does not specify which flavours or 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!
Permitted synthetic Food colours
This food product does not specify which chemicals have been used as colors. By not specifying what the chemical names of these colors 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!
Ingredients present in Parle Jam In which are not a concern
• Wheat Flour
• Milk Solids
• Fruit Pulp
• Raising Agent: IN 503(ii)
• Baking Soda
• Acidity Regulator: IN 330, IN 331
• Lecithin of Soy Origin
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