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Women’s Horlicks Caramel contains malt extract 47%, milk solids 36%, hydrolysed corn solids, minerals, salt, nature identical flavouring substances, vitamins, acidity regulator IN 501 (ii), artificial sweetener IN 950.
This product is not recommended as a supplement for women who are fighting obesity or lifestyle disease. This must be consumed only by low BMI women. The reason is that the product derives most of its calories from high glycaemic index simple starches. This is not a good food addition for women who do not have low BMI and who have adequate calories from their food. High energy supplements like this will cause obesity in women with normal or above normal body weights. For all such women, we recommend a protein and micronutrient supplement without all the malt calories.
The product contains artificial sweetener Acesulfame Potassium IN 950, concern exists over the safety of acesulfame potassium. However, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its general use. Critics say acesulfame potassium has not been studied adequately and may be carcinogenic, although these claims have been dismissed by the FDA and equivalent authorities in the European Union. Acesulfame K has been shown to stimulate dose-dependent insulin secretion in rats in lab tests.
The product contains salt as an ingredient on the food label but fails to mention the exact quantity of it on the pack which is denying the customer the right to know what exactly they are consuming.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 3 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Many women who can afford supplements such as these have adequate BMI and calories from food. Therefore such products which deliver even more energy in the form of simple carbohydrates will end up causing obesity and lifestyle disease in such women. As such women are taking this primarily for micronutrient and protein supplementation reasons, this creates an unnecessary obesity inducing calorie source and so this is unsafe as well.
This product is recommended as a food supplement only for low BMI women with inadequate energy in the diet. Others are better off taking a protein and micronutrient supplement without all this obesity inducing, high glycaemic index simple starches.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 6 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The drink has a mix of protein, starches, vitamins and minerals. It is an acceptable addition in small quantities to an otherwise wholesome and nutritious diet. However, it is a damaging addition to the diets of women who have adequate BMI and adequate energy in their diets.
Ingredients in Women’s Horlicks which are a concern:

  • 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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Malt extract 47%,
  • Milk solids 36%,
  • Hydrolysed corn solids,
  • Minerals,
  • Nature identical flavouring substances,
  • Vitamins,
  • Acidity regulator IN 501 (ii),
  • Artificial sweetener IN 950.

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