- Posted by CERC India
- Posted in Food
We tested 19 brands and 6 loose onesÂ of sweet and semi-sweet biscuitsÂ and crackers against the BIS andÂ PFA Act.
- The higher the fat, the crisper theÂ biscuit, which is why crackers comeÂ with higher fat content.
- Sodium adds to the flavour andÂ regulates the flow of fluids within theÂ body. But people with a high bloodÂ pressure must control their sodiumÂ intake. Crackers and loose biscuitsÂ in the sweet category gave high sodium.
- Crackers, with the highest fat content,Â also carried the highest calories.
- Sweet biscuits in general were pricedÂ the least and crackers the highest.
Biscuits are fast taking the placeÂ of snacks, especially withÂ children and even with old peopleÂ where nutrition is important. SoÂ we tested them for their nutritionalÂ value. To interpret the results weÂ used the dietary allowancesÂ recommended by the IndianÂ Council of Medical ResearchÂ (ICMR) for Indian men andÂ women. The allowances are forÂ moderately active people and for menÂ weighing 60 kg and for womenÂ weighing 50 kg.
(To zoom click on table)
The higher the fat, the crisper is theÂ biscuit, which is why, crackers containÂ higher fat. Fat in biscuits gives themÂ a smooth, glazed texture, makes themÂ more palatable, gives longer shelf-life,Â improves flavour and adds energy.Â According to the ICMR, theÂ recommended desirable visible fatÂ intake per day is 20 gm for both menÂ and women. Next time you open aÂ pack of biscuits, count the fat you are taking in. A 100-gm pack of sweet andÂ semi-sweet biscuits can easily give 50 to 75 per cent of our daily fatÂ requirement. Beware of too manyÂ crackers. They can give 90 to 120 perÂ cent of the desirable intake.
Areas of Action
- The PFA Act and the BIS must layÂ down standards for the presence ofÂ glucose where brands claim to beÂ glucose biscuits.
- The PFA Act should lay down limitsÂ for all chemical parameters likeÂ moisture, total ash, crude fibre,Â peroxide value, fungus and insectÂ infestation, foreign matter and non permittedÂ colours.
- Labelling nutritional values likeÂ protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium,Â sodium, iron, total calories should beÂ made compulsory by the standards.
For details Report CLICK HEREÂ