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Kraft cheese and macaroni contains enriched macaroni product [wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulphate (iron), thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], cheese sauce mix [whey milk fat, milk protein concentrate, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, contains less than 2% of citric acid, lactic acid, sodium phosphate, yellow 5, yellow 6, cheese cultures, enzymes]
In a 70 gm serving pack there is 570 mg sodium or 1.425 gm salt in it which is high and right upto the recommended salt content for the entire day. 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.
The classic preparation recommends using 4 tablespoons of margarine and ¼ cup milk in the preparation, which converts to 54.25 gm of margarine. Most commercial margarines are made with partially hydrogenated fats and contain trans fats. Trans fats are toxic and their consumption is not recommended for adults or children.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3- (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
We have based this low safety score on the classic preparation recommendation on the pack. This would make it a food rich in trans fats and therefore toxic. Trans fats are not recommended for any person – adult or child. The salt content in this product is also high.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
It contains nutritious milk solids and cheese in it, but the trans fats in the classic preparation makes it unsuitable for kids and adults.
Ingredients of concern in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese(Classic preparation)

  • Salt
  • Margarine

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.
Margarine
Most commercially available margarines are made using hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated 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. Hydrogenated fat is widely used. We see it listed in the ingredients of margarine, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals, fried foods, sweets, crisps, fish fingers and many dairy products. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it gives food structure and does not feel or taste oily.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
 

  • Enriched macaroni product
  • [Wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulphate (iron), thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid],

 
 

  • Cheese sauce mix
  • [Whey milk fat, milk protein concentrate, sodium tripolyphosphate, contains less than 2% of citric acid, lactic acid, sodium phosphate, yellow 5, yellow 6, cheese cultures, enzymes]

 
 
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