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Karachi Bakery Cumin Cheese Shortbread Biscuits contain refined wheat flour- maida, refined sugar, unsalted butter, cumin, cheese, vanilla extract (Natural and Artificial flavouring subs vanilla).
It contains 38.5 grams of fat, 14.8 gm sugar and 0.83 gm salt (334 mg sodium) per 100 gm pack of the product . This makes it an HFSS (High Fat Sugar Salt) product. Such products are to be eaten sparingly to avoid lifestyle diseases and they are not recommended for children.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating:6 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Karachi Bakery Cumin Cheese Shortbread Biscuit is a HFSS product. However, its ingredient label mentions the use of butter and not hydrogenated fat or vegetable oils. So long as it is eaten in small quantities and occasionally, this is a safe product. However, as people in India tend to eat such HFSS products in large (unhealthy) portions and combine it with an otherwise poor diet, we must reduce its safety rating.  
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 5 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
These biscuits contains nutritious butter and cheese in it, but the high salt,  and sugar makes it unsuitable for frequent consumption of large servings for most people.
Ingredients of concern in Karachi Bakery Cumin Cheese Short bread biscuits

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Artificial Flavouring subs Vanilla

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.
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.
Artificial Flavouring Subs Vanilla
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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Refined wheat flour-maida,
  • Unsalted butter,
  • Cumin,
  • Cheese,
  • Vanilla extract (Natural)

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The ingredients list of the product may have changed since this page was published. Consumers are encouraged to read warnings, labels, ingredient lists, etc.
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