The Indian chocolate industry in comparison to developed countries, is in a growing phase as chocolate is still viewed as an indulgence.
Nestle` Bar One chocolate is a combination of nougat and caramel centre covered in chocolate.
The product is loaded with sugar as in just 55 gm, there is 27 gm of sugar. That’s the reason why diabetics and patients of lifestyle diseases are advised by doctors to stay away from sweets and chocolates.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-Foodnetindia safety rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Nestle` Bar One contains hydrogenated vegetable fat as an ingredient which is a source of trans-fats, We do not consider any product that uses hydrogenated vegetable oil to be safe. Foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Although the product contains milk solids and nougat, it is not a wholesome food and cannot be used as a meal replacement as it is high in sugar.
Ingredients of concern in Nestle` Bar One Chocolate
- Liquid glucose
- Hydrogenated vegetable fat
- Artificial vanilla flavours
This food product contains 27 gm sugar per 55 gm of it, it 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.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolisis of starch. Glucose is a sugar. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Hydrogenated vegetable fat
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans-fatty acids or “trans-fats”, which are harmful to health. Trans-fats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Trans-fats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Trans-fats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more 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
Artificial Vanilla flavours
This food product does not specify which flavouring substances have been used. The flavour chemical name 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 ingredients have been used.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Nougat and caramel
- Golden syrup
- Milk Solids
- Cocoa solids
- Hydrolysed milk protein
- Choco layer