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Wai Wai Masala Flavoured Noodle are a popular brand of instant noodles. The ingredients of this product, such as wheat flower, wheat gluten, raising agents, etc.,  are similar to most instant noodle brands available on the market. 

This brand of noodles contains 0.2 gm of transfats per 100gm serving. Transfats are toxic and cities like New York have completely banned the use of transfat in food. In addition, the product has added monosodium glutamate, which has many reported side effects, although none are proven.

This product contains 1260 gm of sodium per 100gm, which translates into a very high 2.5 grams of salt per serving of 75gm. This is very high and a single serving of this product gives you the complete recommended salt limit for a day! This is a problem for people battling lifestyle diseases and hypertension.

The product also contains wheat gluten and hence, is unsuitable for people suffering from a gluten allergy.  

The foodnetindia safety rating for this product : 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)

We cannot give this product a high safety rating as it is a starchy product with very little macro or micronutrient value and people tend to eat noodles in India as a meal replacement without much added protein or vegetables. Unbalanced diets are a food safety problem. In addition, the product contains glutamates, transfats and an excessive amount of salt. 

foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)

Wai Wai Noodles could be a grain replacement in an otherwise wholesome meal with adequate additional protein and vegetables.  We don’t think it is a wholesome meal by itself, and are forced to lower the wholesomeness rating as most people consume instant noodles as a meal replacement.

Ingredients of Concern in Wai Wai Chicken Flavoured Noodles:

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.

IN 150d:

The complex brown colour mixture is made by dry heating and burning of sugars in the presence of alkali, ammonia, sulphite or combinations thereof. Caramel colour is one of the oldest and most widely used food colourings, and is found in many commercially produced foods and beverages. Caramel colour is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country.

Caramel colour produced with ammonia may be associated with blood toxicity and may result in a reduction of white cells and lymphocyte count. It is not clear whether this product contains caramel colour produced with ammonia. Comments from the brand would be welcome.

Ingredients in Wai Wai Noodles that Are Not a Concern

Noodles:

  • Wheat Flour
  • Edible Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil)
  • Wheat gluten
  • Acidity Regulator: IN500, IN 451i, IN 170i
  • Thickener: IN 412
  • Flavour Enhancer: IN621, IN 627, IN 631
  • Soy Sauce
  • Onion
  • Black Pepper
  • Masala Flavouring
  • Mono sodium Glutamate (MSG)

Seasoning:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Maltodextrin (IN1400)
  • White Pepper
    Flavour Enhancer: IN621, IN 627, IN 631
  • Chives 
  • Sugar
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper Powder

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