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Pringles Potato Crisps Pizza contains dried potato (45%), edible vegetable oil (palm oil), corn flour, wheat starch, pizza flavour seasoning (5.5%) [salt, cheese blend (10%), {cheese powder, whey powder, buttermilk powder, sweet cream, salt, lactic acid (IN 270)}, dextrose, dried vegetable powders {tomato powder (2%), onion powder (2%), garlic powder (2%)}, whey powder, sugar, coconut oil powder, maltodextrin, herbs & spices (3%) {black pepper, oregano, basil, fennel, paprika extract (1%)}, yeast extract, acidity regulators (IN 296, 330), flavour enhancer (IN 635), anticaking agent (IN 551)], emulsifier (In 471), maltodextrin, acidity regulator (IN 330), and added artificial cheese and smoke flavouring substances. 

It contains palmolein oil which is generally a safe oil as unlike most other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.

However, a scientific report suggests 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.

The product contains 1.69 gm salt (677 mg sodium) in 100 gm of the crisps. 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 per day.

It contains 27.4 gm fat in a 100 gm serving of the product.

Products like these are aggressively marketed to kids, but such HFSS foods are not recommended for children. FSSAI has banned school cafeterias from selling or supplying such HFSS foods. The ban and the school guidelines of the FSSAI can be seen here at – https://archive.fssai.gov.in/dam/jcr:b986ccf3-85b4-446a-9f13-ca1d960b0685/Order_Draft_Guidelines_School_Children.pdf

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: 2 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

This is a HFSS (high fat, sugar or salt) product and not safe for regular snacking especially for kids as childhood obesity is rising among kids. Also it is not suitable for adults who are obese and have lifestyle diseases.

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

The product is getting a low rating as it is a HFSS (high fat, sugar or salt) product which is not suitable for the consumption of kids and adults alike except in very small servings and only for the healthy.

Ingredients of concern in Pringles Potato Crisps Pizza Flavour

  • Salt
  • Flavour enhancer (IN 635), 
  • Added artificial cheese and smoke flavouring substances

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.

Flavour enhancer (IN 635)

Guanylates and inosinates are generally produced from meat, but partly also from fish. They may thus not be suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and in most cases not suitable for Jews, Muslims and Hindus, depending on the origin of the product. Only the producer can provide information on the origin.

Added artificial cheese and smoke flavouring substances

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.

Ingredients present which are not a concern:

  • Dried potato (45%) 
  • Palm oil
  • Corn flour 
  • Wheat starch
  • Pizza flavour seasoning (5.5%) [cheese blend (10%), {cheese powder, whey powder, buttermilk powder, sweet cream, lactic acid (IN 270)}
  • Dextrose 
  • Dried vegetable powders {tomato powder (2%), onion powder (2%), garlic powder (2%)} 
  • Whey powder
  • Sugar 
  • Coconut oil powder 
  • Maltodextrin 
  • Herbs & spices (3%) {black pepper, oregano, basil, fennel, paprika extract (1%)} 
  • Yeast extract 
  • Acidity regulators (IN 296, 330) 
  • Anticaking agent (IN 551) 
  • Emulsifier (In 471) 
  • Maltodextrin 
  • Acidity regulator (IN 330)

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