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Veeba Harissa Chilli Cumin Dressing (22 % fat) is used as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches and other snacks. The product has an intentionally misleading label saying 78% fat free, which falsely indicates that the product is a low fat product. Over 70% of the calories in this product are from fat and this is NOT a low fat product.
The dressing contains water, refined soyabean oil, synthetic vinegar, sugar, milk solids, harissa paste, salt, spices, herbs and condiments.
It does not mention the quantity of salt in it, even though salt is an ingredient mentioned on the food label. Products such as these are known to contain high a high amount of salt in them and high salt consumption is linked to diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension and lifestyle diseases.
In a 100 gm serving the product contains 8.44 gm sugar which is high for a condiment as this. Daily consumption of this can be problematic for those with diabetes, and lifestyle diseases.
Although this is a condiment and is usually not consumed in very large quantities, some people do. Please remember that this is an HFSS product (high sugar, salt and fat). The safety and health guidelines for HFSS products applies for this too.
The product contains refined soyabean oil which is an edible vegetable oil, vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 5 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This Veeba Harissa Cumin and Chilli dressing is an HFSS product and must be consumed only in small quantities as a condiment.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This condiment has herbs and spices in it which are beneficial for the health of consumers  but the vegetable oil, salt and sugar in it is not beneficial for the health of those with diabetes and lifestyle diseases.
Ingredients of concern in Veeba Harissa Chilli Cumin

  • Iodized Salt
  • Preservative: INS 211
  • Refined Soyabean Oil
  • Sugar

Iodized salt
The product label does not mention the quantity of salt used in it but we know that condiments like these contain high amounts of 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.
Preservatives Sodium Benzoate IN 211
Benzoic acid and benzoates are used as preservatives against both yeasts and bacteria in acidic products. They are not very effective against fungi, and ineffective in products with a pH above 5 (slightly acidic or neutral). High concentrations have an acid taste, which limits the application. Benzoates are often preferred, due to better solubility.
In some people benzoic acid and benzoates may liberate histamine and thus cause pseudo-allergic reactions.
Refined Soyabean Oil
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. In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
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.
Ingredients present which are not a concern:
Synthetic Vinegar- Water, Acetic Acid IN 260
Milk Solids
Harissa Paste- 4.8% (Red Hot Pepper 2.25%, Caraway 2%, Garlic, Coriander)
Permitted Emulsifiers and Stabilizers IN 1442, IN 1450, IN 415
Spices and Condiments
Permitted Acidity Regulator IN 330
Permitted Preservatives IN 202
Permitted Antioxidant IN 319
Permitted Sequestrant IN 385
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