ITC Bingo Potato Chips Tomato contains potato (57.9%), refined palmolein, refined sugar, iodised salt, tomato powder (0.9%), beet root powder, acidity regulator (IN 330), onion powder, spices and condiments, yeast extracts, anticaking agent (IN 551), garlic powder, medium chain triglycerides oil (refined coconut oil, refined palm kernel oil) and flavour enhancers IN 627, IN 631).
The product mentions that it contains iodised salt as an ingredient but does not mention the exact quantity on the food label, snacks like these usually contain a high amount of 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.
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.
It contains a high 31.8 gm fat in 100 gm of the product.
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: 2 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product is an HFSS one due to the high amount of fat in it, products like these usually are high in salt and so cannot be recommended for kids as childhood obesity is on the rise. It also must not be consumed by adults who are obese and have lifestyle diseases.
It has incomplete labeling and does not mention the salt content in it. Unless the product changes it’s labelling policy, we are forced to give this product a low safety rating.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product is an HFSS one due to the high amount of fat in it and also products like these are usually high in salt, and so cannot be recommended for kids and adults who have lifestyle diseases and obesity.
In addition to that it is incompletely labelled and does not mention the salt content. Unless the product changes it’s labelling policy, we are forced to give this product a low wholesomeness rating.
Ingredients in ITC Bingo Tomato which are a concern:
This product does not specify the salt content in it. 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.
Ingredients present in ITC Bingo Tomato which are not a concern:
- Potato (57.9%)
- Refined palmolein
- Refined sugar
- Tomato powder (0.9%)
- Beet root powder
- Acidity regulator (IN 330)
- Onion powder
- Spices and condiments
- Yeast extracts
- Anticaking agent (IN 551)
- Garlic powder
- Medium chain triglycerides oil (refined coconut oil, refined palm kernel oil)
- Flavour enhancers (IN 627, IN 631)
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