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Tasty Treat Chocos contains wheat flour (atta) (31.5%), refined wheat flour (maida) (31.5%), sugar, cocoa solids (4.4%), malt extract, iodized salt, stabilizer (IN 170), refined edible vegetable oil (sunflower oil), antioxidant (IN 320), contains permitted natural colour (150d) and nature identical & artificial flavouring substance-chocolate and vanilla . 

It contains a high 35 gm of sugar in a 100 gm of the product, which is high and unsuitable for diabetics and those with lifestyle diseases. Also people like to add more sugar to their breakfast cereal and by doing so they make it more sugary and unsafe for themselves.  

This product is suitable as a dessert and not as a meal replacement or as a main component of any meal due to the high amount of sugar. Such high sugar products must especially not be given as breakfast replacements to children.

It mentions iodized salt as an ingredient but does not mention the exact quantity of it in the product. 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 an edible vegetable oil, certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. 

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 product (High Fat/Salt/Sugar) and is not recommended as a safe breakfast option for kids and adults. We don’t believe that products with such high sugar belong in a healthy meal except as an occasional dessert.

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

The product has misleading labelling as it does not clearly mention the exact quantity of salt, consumers need clear information on the quantity of important ingredients like salt in the product.  

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

This is an HFSS product as almost 30% of it is sugar. We do not consider high sugar products like this as a suitable or wholesome breakfast replacement. 

It contains an edible vegetable oil, certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. 

The product has misleading labelling as it does not clearly mention the exact quantity of salt, consumers need clear information on the quantity of important ingredients like salt in the product.  

Ingredients in Tasty Treat Chocos which are a concern:

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.

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

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. 

Permitted Natural Colour (IN 150d)

Side effects are manifested from the use of IN150d, where intestinal problems may occur after ingestion of large amounts. Due to the complex nature of the mixtures, toxicology tests are still being carried out.

Caramel coloring may be derived from a variety of source products that are themselves common allergens. As such, persons with known sensitivities or allergies to food products are advised to avoid foods including generic caramel coloring or first determine the source for the caramel coloring before consuming the food.

Artificial Flavouring Substances (Chocolate & Vanilla)

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 in it which are not a concern

  • Wheat flour (atta) (31.5%) 
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) (31.5%) 
  • Cocoa solids (4.4%) 
  • Malt extract 
  • Stabilizer (IN 170) 
  • Sunflower oil
  • Antioxidant (IN 320)

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