Tropicana Guava is a beverage from Pepsico and is a ready to serve fruit beverage and not ‘Fruit Juice’.
It consists of 22% of concentrated Guava pulp and a high amount of added sugar of 15 gm sugar per 100 ml of the drink which is high and unsafe for diabetics and those with lifestyle diseases.
It has an added flavour in it to mask the effects of processing and to give it a flavour profile close to fresh Guava juice.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product:-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
We are disappointed with the high added sugar content in this product and also for the added flavours and synthetic food colours which could have been avoided and the product should have been a more natural product.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product does not have much going on for it in the nutrition department and cannot be a part of a healthy diet. It can be substituted with fresh fruit, milk, nuts etc.
Ingredients of concern in Tropicana Guava Delight
Permitted Natural Colour: IN 160a(i)
Added Flavour: Natural and Nature Identical Flavouring Substances
This food product 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.
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.
Permitted Natural Colour: IN 160a(i)
It is a natural colour isolated from several plants; however, it is obtained commercially from carrots. Carotenes occur as isomers, consisting of a series of chemically identical, but sterically different components. The actual composition differs between the plant species.
High concentrations will result in yellow discoloration of the skin. As carotene is a source of vitamin A, high concentrations will cause symptoms of vitamin A toxicity
Added flavours-natural and nature identical flavouring substance:
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.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
Guava Pulp 22%,
Acidity Regulator: IN 330
Antioxidant: IN 300
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