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Mom’s Magic Cashew & Almond contains wheat flour, sugar, refined palm oil, cashew bits 3.8%, invert syrup, almond flakes 0.7%, milk solids, raising agents( IN 500(ii), IN 503(ii), IN 450(i)), edible common salt, butter, emulsifiers (IN 471, IN 322(i), IN 472e) and dough conditioner IN 223, contains permitted synthetic food colours IN 102, and added flavours nature identical flavouring substances and artificial flavouring substances- butter, vanilla.  
This is a HFSS (High fat, sugar, salt) product. Also a significant part of the calories are from simple carbohydrates and sugars, which is not recommended for diabetics, people fighting obesity and those with lifestyle diseases.
This biscuit also contains refined 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 biscuit contains over 50 percent of its calories from simple carbohydrates and sugars, which would be high and unsafe for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight.
This HFSS product mentions salt as an ingredient on the food label but does not mention the quantity of it, which is denying the customer the right to know what they are consuming exactly. 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: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product contains a small quantity of nutritious butter, cashews, almonds and milk solids. But this can be ignored as the majority of the product is just fat, sugar and starch. This must be consumed very rarely and in very small quantities even by healthy people. It is unsuitable as a meal replacement or as a  major snacking option.
This is a HFSS food which cannot be recommended for kids or adults alike.
Ingredients of concern in Mom’s Magic Cashew & Almond

  • Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Salt
  • Permitted Synthetic colours IN 102
  • Added flavour- Artificial Flavour (Butter, Vanilla)

Sugar
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.
Invert 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.
Salt
Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. 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.
Permitted Synthetic colours IN 102
Tartrazine is an azo dye. No side effects are known for pure tartrazine, except in people who are intolerant to salicylates (aspirin, berries, fruits); in that case tartrazine also induces intolerance symptoms. In combination with benzoates (E210-215), tartrazine is implicated in a large percentage of cases of ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children. Asthmatics may also experience symptoms following consumption of tartrazine, as it is a known histamine-liberating agent.
Added flavours- Artificial flavouring substances (Butter, Vanilla)
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours 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.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Wheat flour
  • Refined palm oil,
  • Cashew bits 3.8%,
  • Almond flakes 0.7%,
  • Milk solids,
  • Raising agents( IN 500(ii), IN 503(ii), IN 450(i)),
  • Butter,
  • Emulsifiers (IN 471, IN 322(i), IN 472e)
  • Dough conditioner IN 223,
  • Added flavours nature identical flavouring substances

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