Sofit Protein cookies from Hershey India Pvt Ltd contains ingredients like whole wheat flour, sugar, palm oil, oats, milk solids, soy protein powder, invert sugar, candied mango pieces, raising agent, almond, emulsifier, salt, DHA and added vitamins.
The product is a high carbohydrate, high simple carbohydrate, high sugar product. The “protein” in its name is misleading and must be ignored. This is NOT a high protein product and is not suitable to be consumed specifically for protein supplementation of the diet.
The product has a high amount of sugar at 18.57 gm per 100 gm pack which is certainly not suitable for those with diabetes and lifestyle diseases.
As a high sugar and high fat product, we cannot recommend this for anyone who wants to lower their weight and avoid lifestyle disease.
The product label does not mention the exact amount of salt content in it, this is not expected of responsible brands. People have the right to know what they are consuming.
The product contains palm oil as an ingredient which is considered to be a safer alternative in comparison to other vegetable oils, palmolein is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is often rendered toxic.
However, last year, the safety authority delivered a scientific report 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 foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product name is misleading. People will consume this as a protein supplementation product. Consumers will often lack the awareness that this is a high sugar and high fat and high simple carbohydrate product because of this misleading name. People don’t read the food labels closely enough to realise that they are actually buying a HFSS food. This forces us to give this product a low safety rating.
The product mentions that it has edible common salt but the food label does not mention it’s exact amount. 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.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
These cookies contain oats, soy protein powder, milk solids but this product cannot be considered as a meal replacement choice as it is high in simple starches, fats and probably salt as well, and if consumed then it should be eaten in small quantities only as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan; and that too only by the healthy as a sweet treat or dessert.
Ingredients of concern in Sofit Protein Cookies Mango and Almond
- Invert Sugar
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.
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:
- Whole Wheat Flour 39%
- Raising Agents: IN 503(ii), IN 500 (ii),
- Edible Vegetable Oil- Palm oil,
- Oats 10%,
- Milk solids,
- Soy protein powder 3.6%,
- Candied mango pieces,
- Emulsifier 472 E,
- DHA 0.05%
- Added vitamins 0.01%
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