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Thums Up was originally started in 1977 and then acquired by the Coca Cola Company in 1993, today it is one of the largest selling soft drink brands in India.
Recently Harvard researchers linked soft drinks to obesity. The study was conducted among 12 year olds, and it was found that those 12 year olds who drank soda (sweetened carbonated beverage like Thums Up) had a higher chance of becoming obese than those who did not, and every serving of soda consumed daily raised the risk of obesity by 1.6 times.
Every serving of 100 ml of Thums Up gives you 10 gm of sugar which is unsafe for diabetics and for those with lifestyle diseases and should be generally avoided to maintain good health.
foodnetindia safety rating : 2 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Carbonated beverages like Thums Up contain sugar in liquid form which skyrockets the blood sugar and may cause an insulin reaction in the body. Consuming them over time can lead to diabetes or even insulin resistance, weight gain and other lifestyle diseases.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 1 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
There is absolutely no nutritional content in soda. High sugar, sodium and caffeine content in Thums Up can dehydrate the body and if had for continuous periods of time it can cause chronic dehydration.
Ingredients of concern in Thums Up

  • Sugar
  • IN 150d

Thums Up contains 10 gms of sugar per 100 ml serving of it. 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.
Caramel- IN 150D
It is a Complex brown colour mixture, made by dry heating and burning of sugars in the presence of alkali, ammonia, sulphite or combinations thereof. Caramel color is one of the oldest and most widely used food colorings, and is found in many commercially produced foods and beverages. Caramel color is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country. It is soluble in water and with a specific, sometimes bitter, taste.
Side effects are manifested from the use of IN150c and 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.
Ingredients present in Thumbs Up which are not a concern:

  • Carbonated Water
  • Caffeine
  • IN 338

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