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Cadbury Chocobakes Choco Filled Cookies contain choco filling (38%) (sugar, edible vegetable oil-palm), cocoa solids, milk solids, cocoa butter, emulsifier 322, artificial flavours (vanilla, chocolate)), refined wheat flour (maida), sugar, edible vegetable fat, cocoa solids, invert sugar, raising agents (500 (ii), 503 (ii), 450 (i)), edible salt, emulsifier (322), added flavours (natural and artificial (vanilla and chocolate) flavouring substances).

The sugar content in it is at high levels of 39.8 gm per 100 gm of the product. Products like these are aggressively marketed towards children and are consumed by them in large numbers causing diabetes and obesity. High sugar content in the product makes it unsuitable for adults battling diabetes, lifestyle disease and obesity issues as well. 

It contains 0.48 gm salt (195 mg sodium) per 100 gm of the product which is high. 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.

It contains 24.5 gm fat in a 100 gm pack of the product.

The product contains edible vegetable fat, which is usually a synonym for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats. These are a source of trans fatty acids or “trans-fats, ”which are harmful to health. Trans-fats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.

It contains palmolein oil which is generally a safe oil as unlike most other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.

However, a scientific report suggests 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.

Products like these are aggressively marketed to kids, but such HFSS foods are not recommended for children. FSSAI has banned school cafeterias from selling or supplying such HFSS foods. The ban and the school guidelines of the FSSAI can be seen here at –https://archive.fssai.gov.in/dam/jcr:b986ccf3-85b4-446a-9f13-ca1d960b0685/Order_Draft_Guidelines_School_Children.pdf

This is a HFSS (High Fat Salt or Sugar) product and therefore is not recommended for children or people at risk of lifestyle diseases. Healthy people must also consume HFSS products very sparingly. The HFSS calculation for this product is as per UK guidelines available here – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216094/dh_123492.pdf

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 an HFSS product and is not recommended as a safe snacking product for kids and adults.

Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

This is an HFSS product and may be sparingly eaten as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan, and only by healthy individuals.

Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.

Ingredients of concern in Cadbury Chocobakes Choco Filled Cookies

  • Sugar
  • Edible Vegetable Fat
  • Salt 
  • Invert sugar
  • Artificial Flavours (Vanilla and chocolate)

Sugar

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.

Sugar is a carbohydrate found naturally in a host of different foods from lactose in milk to the fructose in fruit and honey. In fact, we need some sugar in our diets to supply ready energy to fuel our muscles and keep our brains active. The problem is that many processed foods have added sugar which supplies energy in the form of calories – and very little else. This means our body has to draw on the nutrients from the rest of our diet to process it and this can affect our health, including our immunity – leaving us more prone to bugs and colds. A high intake of sugar causes our blood sugar levels to shoot up, giving us that feel-good ‘high’ followed by a crashing slump which leaves us tired, irritable and craving more sugary foods. It’s a vicious cycle that may be contributing to our weight problems as well as health concerns like diabetes and heart disease.

Edible Vegetable Fat

Often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”.  Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.

This food product does not specify which edible vegetable fat has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.

A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. Such oils have been part of human culture for millennia. The term “vegetable oil” can be narrowly defined as referring only to plant oils that are liquid at room temperature, or broadly defined without regard to a substance’s state of matter at a given temperature. For this reason, vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature are sometimes called vegetable fats.

Salt

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.

Invert Sugar

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 Flavour (Vanilla and chocolate)

This product does not specify the chemical names of the flavours used and does not mention the quantity used either. While we understand that the legal labelling requirements allow this practice, we find it irresponsible that brands do not self disclose.  

Some people are allergic to some of these chemicals and others may want to avoid them. Consumers have a right to know and decide.

Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Choco filling (38%) (edible vegetable oil-palm), cocoa solids, milk solids, cocoa butter, emulsifier 322  
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) 
  • Cocoa solids 
  • Raising agents 500 (ii), 503 (ii), 450 (i)
  • Emulsifier (322)
  • Added flavours (natural (vanilla and chocolate) flavouring substances)

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