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Parle Monaco Cheeslings contains wheat flour, edible vegetable oils, sugar, salt 2.8%, cheese 1.8%, yeast, raising agents (503 ii, baking powder), invert sugar syrup, spices and condiments (mustard powder), acidity regulators (lactic acid, malic acid), emulsifiers (di-acetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides of edible vegetable oils), dough conditioner (223) and improver [amylases & other enzymes (papain 110ii)].

The product contains edible vegetable oils, This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.

Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.

We are surprised as to why the brand has not mentioned salt as an ingredient on the food label even though this is a savoury food product. Products like these are known to contain a high amount of salt which can be harmful for those with hypertension and lifestyle diseases. 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 a high amount of fat at 20 gm per 100 gm.

This is a HFSS (High Fat Salt or Sugar) product and therefore is not recommended for children or people at risk of lifestyle diseases. Healthy people must also consume HFSS products very sparingly. The HFSS calculation for this product is as per UK guidelines available here – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216094/dh_123492.pdf

The foodnetindia rating for this product :-

foodnetindia safety rating: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

This product is an HFSS product (High Fat Salt or Sugar) and is not recommended as a safe snacking product.

The product labelling is misleading because it chooses not to mention the exact quantity of important ingredients like salt in the product. It may affect the health of common people consuming it as they may not be able to interpret the quantity correctly, and may end up eating high amounts of sugar which can in turn harm their health.   

Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA.

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

This is an HFSS product and may be sparingly eaten as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan, and only by healthy individuals.

Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA.

The product labelling is misleading because it chooses not to mention the exact quantity of important ingredients like salt in the product in grams. It may affect the health of common people consuming it as they may not be able to interpret the quantity correctly, and may end up eating high amounts of sugar which can in turn harm their health.   

Ingredients of concern in Parle Monaco Cheeslings

  • Salt
  • Edible Vegetable Oil
  • Added Flavour- Artificial flavouring substance-Cheese
  • Invert Sugar Syrup

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.

Edible Vegetable Oil

This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.

Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA. In addition, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy  balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.

In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.

Added Flavour- Artificial Flavouring (Cheese)

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.

Invert Sugar Syrup

Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.

Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Wheat flour, 
  • Sugar, 
  • Cheese 1.8%, 
  • Yeast, 
  • Raising agents (503 ii, baking powder), 
  • Spices and condiments (mustard powder), 
  • Acidity regulators (lactic acid, malic acid), 
  • Emulsifiers (di-acetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
  • Dough conditioner (223) 
  • Improver [amylases & other enzymes (papain 110ii)

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