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Nestle Munch Nuts contains sugar, peanuts, wheat flour (maida), hydrogenated vegetable fats (contains sesame oil), milk solids, edible vegetable fats, cocoa solids (3.9%), emulsifier (soya lecithin), raising agents (500(ii)), yeast, salt, flour treatment agents (516, 1101(i)). 
It contains hydrogenated vegetable fats (sesame oil), partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
It also contains an unspecified edible vegetable fat, often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”.  Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
The product contains a high amount of total sugar at 30.1 gm which makes this product unrecommended for those with high blood sugar and lifestyle diseases.
It contains 0.64 gm salt (256.8 mg sodium) in a 100 gm serving pack which is high and almost upto the level of recommended salt consumption for the entire day. 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 also has a high fat content at 25.2 gm which makes this product a HFSS (High fat, salt or sugar) product and is not recommended for kids and adults alike. 
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: 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product is a HFSS product which is unsuitable for all those with high blood sugar and lifestyle diseases. In addition, it contains hydrogenated fats.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
As an HFSS product, we cannot recommend it for most people.
Ingredients of concern in Nestle Munch Nuts
Sugar
Edible Vegetable Fat
Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat (Sesame Oil)
Salt
Sugar
The product contains sucrose. 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.
Edible Vegetable Fat
Often brands tend to obscure the fact that they have used hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by using the term “edible vegetable fat”.  Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats” which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable fat has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. Such oils have been part of human culture for millennia. The term “vegetable oil” can be narrowly defined as referring only to plant oils that are liquid at room temperature, or broadly defined without regard to a substance’s state of matter at a given temperature. For this reason, vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature are sometimes called vegetable fats.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat (Sesame Oil)
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Transfats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Hydrogenated fat is widely used. We see it listed in the ingredients of margarine, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals, fried foods, sweets, crisps, fish fingers and many dairy products. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it gives food structure and does not feel or taste oily.
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:

  • Peanuts, 
  • Wheat flour (maida), 
  • Milk solids, 
  • Cocoa solids (3.9%), 
  • Emulsifier (soya lecithin), 
  • Raising agents (500(ii)), 
  • Yeast, 
  • Flour treatment agents (516), 1101(i)).

 
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