Five Star Vanilla Ice cream mix contains sugar, emulsifying and stabilizing agents IN 466, In 471, IN 412, IN 415, IN 407, IN 401, colour IN 102 permitted synthetic colour and nature identical and artificial flavouring substances.
This ice cream mix contains a whopping 70.32 gm of added sugar in a 100 gm pack which is very high and certainly not recommended for diabetics, and those with lifestyle diseases.
Good quality Icecreams are usually healthy, wholesome and safe desserts. They contain milk solids, milk fats, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and not more than 10-15 percent sugar. However, this ice cream mix is a safety and health disaster.
The foodnetindia rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The high sugar, and the presence of a whole host of chemical additives in this product is a problem. Also, it’s very poor profile compared to the product (ice cream) it replaces in the consumers mind, makes it unsafe.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This product cannot be a part of an otherwise healthy and balanced diet, as there is nothing wholesome in it and primarily contains only sugar (even accounting for the wholesome milk it is mixed into during preparation)
Ingredients in Five Star Vanilla Ice cream mix which are a concern:
- Permitted Synthetic Food colour IN 102
- Artificial flavours
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.
Permitted Synthetic Food colour IN 102
Tartrazine is an azo dye. No side effects are known for pure tartrazine, except in people who are intolerant to salicylates (aspirin, berries, fruits); in that case tartrazine also induces intolerance symptoms. In combination with benzoates (E210-215), tartrazine is implicated in a large percentage of cases of ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children. Asthmatics may also experience symptoms following consumption of tartrazine, as it is a known histamine-liberating agent.
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.
Ingredients present which are not a concern
- Emulsifying and stabilizing agents IN 466, In 471, IN 412, IN 415, IN 407, IN 401
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