Munchy’s Crackers Choc Sandwich contains wheat flour, sugar, vegetable fat (palm oil), milk powder, cocoa powder, food colouring caramel 150, raising agents ammonium bicarbonate 503(ii), sodium bicarbonate 500(ii), disodium diphosphate 450(i), butter- milk fat, emulsifier lecithin 322, and flavouring.
A 100 gm serving of the product contains 25 gm sugar, 20 gm fat and 0.8 gm salt (320 mg sodium) which 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 product contains edible vegetable fat as an ingredient, often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”. 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.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Munchy’s Crackers Choc Sandwich is a HFSS product and also contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats. Such products are not safe for people who are at risk of lifestyle diseases and must be eaten very sparingly, even by healthy people. Such products must not be given to children.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
It contains nutritious butter and milk and cocoa powder in it, but the high fat, salt and sugar makes it unsuitable for frequent consumption for most people.
Ingredients of concern in Munchy’s Crackers Choc Sandwich
- Edible Vegetable Fat
- Food colours 150
Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. 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.
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 Fat
Often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”. 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.
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable fat has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. Such oils have been part of human culture for millennia. The term “vegetable oil” can be narrowly defined as referring only to plant oils that are liquid at room temperature, or broadly defined without regard to a substance’s state of matter at a given temperature. For this reason, vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature are sometimes called vegetable fats.
Caramel Food colour 150
Side effects are manifested from the use of E150c and E150d, where intestinal problems may occur after ingestion of large amounts. Due to the complex nature of the mixtures, toxicology tests are still being carried out.
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Wheat flour,
- Milk powder,
- Cocoa powder,
- Raising agents ammonium bicarbonate 503(ii), sodium bicarbonate 500(ii), disodium diphosphate 450(i),
- Butter- milk fat,
- Emulsifier lecithin 322
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