Batchelors Cup a Soup Mushrooms and Croutons is a ready to have soup powder which contains glucose syrup, shiitake mushrooms, palm oil, maize starch, croutons, potato starch, wheat flour, yeast, salt, sunflower oil, mushroom extract, salt, onion, sugar, potassium chloride, milk solids, garlic, parsley, barley malt extract, sea salt, yeast extract, emulsifier, and black pepper extract.
This soup contains a high amount of salt at 1.25 gm per 255 gm as prepared. The WHO recommendation of daily salt intake is between 1-3 grams. High salt intake can cause problems like high BP, kidney problems etc.,
It contains sunflower oil, vegetable oils like these contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
The product contains palm oil as an ingredient which is considered to be a safer alternative in comparison to other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.
However, last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are a “potential health concern.” Animal studies have identified these contaminants, which are formed when vegetable oils are heated to high temperatures and then refined, as both genotoxic (damaging to DNA) and carcinogenic (causing cancer). Of all vegetable oils, palm oil was found to have the highest levels of these contaminants. At high levels of exposure, these contaminants are a health hazard for all age groups, the authority concluded, expressing particular concern for infants, toddlers and children under the age of 10.
In addition, the main ingredients in the soup are high glycemic index empty calories from simple starches like refined wheat flour and maize starch. High glycemic index foods are not recommended for people who are trying to avoid obesity, heart disease, hypertension etc.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The high salt in this packaged soup poses a safety concern in a population at high risk of metabolic syndrome and heart disease. A single serving delivers 50 percent of the entire days recommended salt consumption. The simple starches pose an additional problem for people trying to avoid lifestyle diseases and consuming this soup as a “health food”.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This product contains wholesome vegetables and mushrooms in it but also contains high salt, and is heavy in high glycaemic simple starches.
Soup products in India are often eaten as health products by people who are already at risk of lifestyle diseases. The high salt, and high glycemic index simple starches from wheat and maize forces us to give this a low wholesomeness rating.
Ingredients of concern in Batchelors Cup a Soup with Croutons, Cream of Mushroom
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.
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.
Vegetable oils like sunflower oil contains 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, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
Flavourings- Barley and Wheat
Barley malt extract,
Sea salt extract,
Emulsifier- Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty acids
Black pepper extract
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