Real Fruit Power Cranberry contains water, sugar, cranberry juice concentrate (2%), acidity regulator (IN 330), and antioxidant (In 300).
It contains 13.7 gm of added sugar per 100 ml of the drink, which is high and cannot be recommended for those with diabetes and lifestyle diseases. Such high sugar HFSS products are unsafe and unhealthy for children.
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 product cannot be recommended for people to drink because it is a HFSS food and so we do not consider this drink safe for kids and adults for this reason alone.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3- (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, or sugar or salt) product which is not suitable for the consumption of kids and adults alike except in very rare and small servings and only for the healthy.
Ingredients of concern in Real Fruit Power Cranberry
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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Cranberry juice concentrate (2%),
- Acidity regulator (IN 330),
- Antioxidant (In 300)
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