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Britannia Little Hearts is a sweet and salty heart shaped biscuit.
While reviewing this product we note that in 100 gm of this biscuit there is a high 26 gm of sugar, and overall 474 calories from fats, simple carbohydrates and sugars, this is not beneficial for diabetics, obese people and those with lifestyle diseases. It contains 18 gm of fat from an edible vegetable oil-palm oil.
Britannia Little Hearts contains palm oil as one of the ingredients which is generally a safe oil as unlike most 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.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This biscuit contains 26 gm sugar and over 50 percent of its calories from sugar and simple carbohydrates, which is high and unsafe for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight. People tend to eat large quantities of such foods, which make them unsafe even for healthy people due to the large amount of sugars and high glycemic index simple carbohydrates.
Britannia Little Hearts contains palm oil as one of the ingredients which is generally a safe oil as unlike most 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.
We recommend that this product must only be consumed in very small quantities and that too not by the obese.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Even though the product contains nutritious milk solids, it cannot be considered as a meal replacement choice as it has very poor nutrient diversity and is high in sugar, simple starches. This should be eaten in small quantities only as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan; and that too only by the healthy.
Ingredients of concern in Britannia Little Hearts

Sugar
This food product contains 26 gm sugar per 100 gm of the product. It 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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Refined wheat flour
  • Edible Vegetable oil-Palm oil
  • Raising agents 500(ii), 503(ii)
  • Milk solids
  • Yeast
  • Emulsifier 322
  • Improvers (1100, 1101(i))

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