Sunfeast Marie Light is one of the most popular biscuits consumed in India.While reviewing this product we note that in 100 gm of this biscuit there is 20 gm of sugar and overall almost 450 calories with a large portionfrom simple carbohydrates and sugars. This is bad news for diabetics, obese people and those with lifestyle diseases. It also contains 12 gm of fat from an unspecified vegetable oil.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
In India snacks like biscuits, are consumed in large quantities in every household which leads to piling of calories from simple starches and sugars quickly.
This biscuit contains 20 gm sugar and over 50 percent of its calories are from sugar and simple carbohydrates, which is high. High simple starch and sugar consumption is unsafe for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight.
We recommend that this product must only be consumed in very small quantities and that too not by the obese.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
This product cannot be considered as a meal replacement choice as it has poor nutrient diversity and is high in sugar, simple starches and calories. These should be eaten only in small quantities as a part of an otherwise wholesome meal plan; and that too only by the healthy.
Ingredients of Concern in Sunfeast Marie Light
- Edible Vegetable Oil
- Added flavours (Artificial flavouring substances- Milk, Vanilla and Butter)
- Permitted Natural Colours: IN 150d
- Invert syrup
This food product contains 20 gm sugar per 100 gm of the product. It 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.
Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain 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, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
Added Flavours (natural, nature-identical flavouring substances)
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Permitted Natural Colours IN 150D
Complex brown colour mixtures, made by dry heating and burning of sugars in the presence of alkali, ammonia, sulphite or combinations thereof. It is a brown to black colour. Soluble in water and with a specific, sometimes bitter, taste.
Side effects are manifested from the use of IN 150d, 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.
Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Wheat flour (65.6%)
- Milk solids
- Raising agents: INS 503(ii), baking powder,
- Emulsifiers: INS 471 & INS 472(e)
- Wheat fibre (0.13%)
- Calcium carbonate
- Dough conditioner: INS 223
- Vitamins (0.016%): B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 & B12
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