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Jindal Cocoa Hazelnut Chocolate Spread contains sugar, groundnut oil, hazelnut, milk solids, cocoa powder and additives, emulsifying agent Lecithin IN 322, salt, contains added artificial flavour- vanillin flavor.

In a serving size of 100 gm, the product contains 47.57 gm of sugar  which is very sugary and cannot be recommended for kids, as childhood obesity and diabetes is on the rise. This is also not recommended for adults with diabetes and lifestyle diseases. 

It contains 35.79 gm of fat per 100 gm serving size of the product.

It contains salt as an ingredient but does not mention the amount of salt contained in it. This is misleading labelling by the brand, as people need to know exactly what they are eating. 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.

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 product contains groundnut oil, certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.

The foodnetindia rating for this product :-

foodnetindia safety rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

This is a HFSS product and cannot be given to children and adults, it is getting a lower safety rating because of the unsafe amount of fat and sugar in it.

The product contains salt in it, but does not mention the exact quantity on the food label which is misleading and incomplete labelling. Unless the product changes it’s labelling policy, we are forced to give this product a low safety rating. 

Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3- (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

The fact that it is a HFSS product makes us give it a lower wholesomeness rating. 

The product contains salt in it, but does not mention the exact quantity on the food label which is misleading and incomplete labelling. 

Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA

Ingredients of concern in Jindal  Cocoa Spread

  • Sugar
  • Edible Vegetable Oil
  • Additives
  • Salt

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 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. 

Additives

The product contains an ingredient called additives but it doesn’t specify the exact names of them. This is vital as consumers may be sensitive to some chemicals and so need clear information on it.

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.

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

  • Groundnut oil 
  • Hazelnut 
  • Milk solids 
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Emulsifying agent Lecithin IN 322 
  • Added artificial flavour- vanillin flavor

Disclaimer – The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information. foodnetindia encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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