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Hello Panda Double Chocolate Cream Biscuit is quite popular among school going kids and young teens.
While browsing through the food label we are wondering why the manufacturers have used an unspecified vegetable oil and shortening.
It also contains a high amount of sugar, at 4 gm per 15 gm serving size, and high sugar consumption is not recommended for kids and adults alike.
Shortening or Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health and could cause heart disease, stroke cancer, etc.,
It also does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
Due to the presence of unspecified edible vegetable oil, shortening and for other reasons mentioned below, we do not consider it as recommended food for most people.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4– (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
It contains 4 gm sugar per serving size of 15 gm of the product which is high, and high sugar consumption is detrimental to the health and wellness of all.
The product basically is a high sugar and simple starch product which makes this unsuitable for diabetics and also for those who have lifestyle disease.
It also contains edible vegetable oil and bakery shortening. Shortening is another term for Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats, which 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.
There is edible vegetable oil present in it and it does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Hello Panda chocolate biscuits contains butter, milk solids and cocoa solids which are nutritious but also contains a lot of ingredients which may not be good for health.
High sugar quantity of 4 gm per 15 gm pack and the use of edible vegetable oil and shortening is a worrying factor as kids and adults both eat it in huge quantity without worrying about the ingredients on the food label.
Ingredients of concern in Hello Panda Chocolate Biscuits

  • Shortening

Sugar
This food product does not specify which sugar has been used. This is also 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 oil
It contains edible vegetable oil and does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain vegetable oils 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.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Shortening
Shortening is another word for Hydrogenated Vegetable Fats. 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.
Transfats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Ingredients present in Hello Panda Chocolate Biscuits which are not a concern:

      • Wheat Flour,
      • Butter
      • Cocoa Mass,
      • Cocoa Powder
      • Full Cream Milk Powder
      • Amino Acid Seasoning
      • Sugar ester
      • Emulsifier Soya Lecithin
      • Sodium Bicarbonate
      • Ammonium Bicarbonate
      • Autolysed Yeast Powder
      • Caramel Powder
      • Vanilla Flavour
      • Enzyme Papain
      • Milk flavour
      • Butter Flavour
      • Vanillin

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