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Chitale Bandhu Bakarwadi contains wheat flour, gram flour, refined groundnut oil, chilly, cumin, coriander powder, sugar, green coriander leaves, tamarind paste, sesame, coconut, and iodised salt.
The product contains a high amount of salt at 0.6 gm salt (229 gm sodium) per 100 gm pack. The WHO recommended daily allowance for salt intake per day is between 1 to 3 gm. However, as serving sizes for this product rarely exceed 30 grams, we do not find this to be a problem.
As it is a deep fried snack, it contains a high amount of fat at 34 gm per 100 gm pack, which makes this food product a HFSS food (High Fat Sugar or Salt) and such foods are not recommended as safe for most people. Currently prevalent high consumption of HFSS products is causing an epidemic of lifestyle diseases in India.
It contains a high amount of sugar at 10 gm per 100 gm pack which is not recommended for those with diabetes and lifestyle diseases.
Chitale Bandhu Bakarwadi contains groundnut/peanut oil which is a vegetable oil derived from peanuts. Certain vegetable oils like peanut oil contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
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  sparingly. The HFSS calculation for this product is as per UK guidelines available here –
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 5 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This is an HFSS product. Frequent and high consumption of HFSS snacks like these can lead to lifestyle diseases. It cannot be endorsed as safe for frequent consumption. However, it is safe as an occasional snacking product in small servings for healthy people. We recommend that it is eaten in  small quantities occasionally, only by otherwise healthy people, as a part of a safe, wholesome and nutritious diet.
 foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4  – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This HFSS food cannot be recommended as a snack for consumption by kids and adults due to the above mentioned reasons. 
Ingredients of concern in Chitale Bandhu Bakarwadi 
Groundnut/Peanut Oil
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.
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.
Groundnut/Peanut Oil
Certain vegetable oils like groundnut/peanut oil 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.
Ingredients present which are not a concern:

  • Wheat flour, 
  • Gram flour, 
  • Chilly, 
  • Cumin, 
  • Coriander powder, 
  • Green coriander leaves, 
  • Tamarind paste, 
  • Sesame, 
  • Coconut 

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