Nestle Maggi Chicken noodles contains wheat flour, palm oil, salt, wheat gluten, stabilizer 170(i), thickeners 508, 412, acidity regulators 500(i), 501(i) and humectant 451(i).
The tastemaker pack contains mixed spices 22.3% (dehydrated onion, dried garlic 5%, red chilli powder 3.9%, black pepper powder 2.3%, dehydrated kasuri methi leaves, capsicum extract, turmeric powder, nutmeg powder, coriander and cumin extract), sugar, noodle powder (maida), palm oil, salt, wheat gluten, minerals (calcium carbonate, thickeners 508, 412, acidity regulators 500(i), 501(i) and humectant 451(i)), edible starch, salt, hydrolysed groundnut peanut protein, dehydrated chicken bits 5% (chicken meat, chicken fat, humectant 420(ii), salt, onion, acidity regulator IN 330, sunflower oil and antioxidant N 320), palm oil, thickener 508, chicken fat 1%( chicken fat, acidity regulator IN 330, sunflower oil, antioxidants 307b, 320), acidity regulator 330, caramel salt mix (salt, colour 150d, palm oil), flavour enhancer 635, mineral ferric pyrophosphate, milk solids and egg powder 0.02%.
It contains 3.13 gm salt or 1255 mg sodium 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.
It contains refined palm oil, as an ingredient which is considered to be a safer alternative in comparison to other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.
However, last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report 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.
As a meal replacement, this product is not suitable for people intolerant of gluten, and is also not suitable for people who need to avoid simple starches due to the risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
The foodnetindia safety rating for this product : 5 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This is a high sodium food product.
In India instant noodles are widely used as a meal replacement, this makes it unsafe due to the lack of balanced nutrition, (specifically low protein, high in simple starches and poor micronutrient diversity). This ends up becoming a possible cause for lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, non alcoholic fatty liver disease and hypertension.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Maggi chicken noodles could be a grain replacement in an otherwise wholesome meal with adequate additional protein and vegetables. We don’t think it is a wholesome meal by itself.
Ingredients You Should Be Concerned About
- IN 635 (Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides)
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.
Maggi chicken noodles contains gluten, a significant proportion of the population is gluten intolerant, either because they suffer from Celiac disease (1% of the population) or gluten sensitivity, which is quite common. Many people who suffer from gluten intolerance may be asymptomatic and may be unaware that they suffer from systemic and chronic inflammation due to their gluten intolerance.
Gluten intolerance has also been linked to autoimmune diseases, cancers, intestinal inflammation, degeneration of the intestinal lining and has even been linked to several mental illnesses (either as a cause or exacerbating factor) the most serious being cerebellar ataxia, a serious disease of the brain that involves an inability to coordinate balance, movements, problems talking, etc. Persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s, etc., have been known to respond well to a gluten free diet.
The complex brown colour mixture is made by dry heating and burning of sugars in the presence of alkali, ammonia, sulphite or combinations thereof. Caramel color is one of the oldest and most widely used food colorings, and is found in many commercially produced foods and beverages. Caramel color is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country.
Caramel colour produced with ammonia may be associated with blood toxicity and may result in a reduction of white cells and lymphocyte count. It is not clear whether Maggi uses caramel color produced with ammonia. Comments from the brand would be welcome.
IN 635 (Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides)
It is a mixture of sodium salts of guanylic and inosinic acid and is used as a flavour enhancer. Guanylates and inosinates do not have the specific umami taste but strongly enhance many other flavours, thereby reducing the amounts of salt or other flavour enhancers needed in a product. It is used in many products. Mainly used in low sodium/salt products and not intended for kids below 12 weeks. Asthmatic people should avoid guanylates and inosinates. As guanylates and inosinates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout. I However, the concentrations used are generally so low that no effects are to be expected.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are
Nestle Maggi Chicken noodles contains
Thickeners 508, 412,
Acidity regulators 500(i), 501(i)
The tastemaker pack contains,
Mixed spices 22.3% (dehydrated onion, dried garlic 5%, red chilli powder 3.9%, black pepper powder 2.3%, dehydrated kasuri methi leaves, capsicum extract, turmeric powder, nutmeg powder, coriander and cumin extract),
Noodle powder (maida),
Minerals (calcium carbonate, Thickeners 508, 412, acidity regulators 500(i), 501(i) and humectant 451(i)), edible starch, dehydrated chicken bits 5% (chicken meat, chicken fat, humectant 420(ii),
Acidity regulator IN 330,
Antioxidant N 320),
Chicken fat 1%( chicken fat, acidity regulator IN 330, antioxidants 307b, 320),
Hydrolysed groundnut peanut Protein
Acidity regulator 330,
Caramel salt mix palm oil,
Mineral ferric pyrophosphate,
Egg powder 0.02%.
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.
The ingredients list of the products may have changed since this page was published. Consumers are encouraged to read warnings, labels, ingredient lists, etc.
Replies, if any, from the brand, will be published here ‘As is’