Sunshine food products from Bikaner is the manufacturer of Sunshine Aloo Bhujia, it is a potato based snack deep fried in vegetable oil.
Vegetable oils are rich in PUFA, which gets oxidised at high temperatures to become a source of considerable toxicity. Oxidised PUFA is thought to lead to a host of lifestyle diseases, including cancer.
The foodnetindia rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product is rated to a low safety grade because it is a deep fried product and uses an unspecified vegetable oil. Most vegetable oils are rich in PUFAs which are easily oxidized at high temperatures and become toxic. Oxidized PUFA can cause systemic inflammation that causes various lifestyle diseases and may be a cause of cancer.
In addition, the product is potato based and simple starch heavy. This is a double whammy for people who eat large servings of this product. Not recommended for people who want to stay away from lifestyle disease.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product is of a starch base because it primarily comprises of potatoes. Apart from starch and vegetable oil, it does not have much going for it in the wholesomeness department. This product must not be used as a meal replacement and we believe that it does not belong in a healthy, balanced meal plan, except in very small quantities.
Ingredients of concern in Sunshine Aloo Bhujia
Sunshine Aloo Bhujia does not specify the amount of salt used in its preparation and we would like to advise them to mention all the ingredients on the food label on their product.
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.
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.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
This food product does not specify which spices have been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain spices may have side effects or cause allergies. It is important to specify which spices have been used.
The condiments used or their ingredients are not specified. A list of condiments should be provided since certain people may be allergic to some commonly used condiments. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not specify exactly what they use.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Potato Flakes
- Gram Flour
- Moth Flour
- Natural extract of Mint
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