- Posted by CERC India
- Posted in Food
We picked four of the most popular and widely available brands and tested their palak paneer offering. We also conducted a taste test. The brands we tested were Aashirvaad Ready Meals Palak Paneer, MTR Tasty Delights Palak Paneer, Gits Ready Meals Palak Paneer and Haldiramâ€™s Minute Khana Dilli Style Palak Paneer.
What we found
- Fat content varied widely across brands with some having more than twice the amount of fat as others. Scoring the worst on the fat scale was Haldiramâ€™s product which was 18.3% fat translating to 27g per serving. â€˜The RDA of fat for adults is 65g per day. If one serving of ready-to-eat palak paneer contains 27g of fat, it means one dish in the entire meal will be providing 41% of the total daily requirement.
- In contrast, the MTR product had the least amount of fat at 8.2%. But this doesnâ€™t mean that one brand is necessarily healthier than the other â€“ while Haldiramâ€™s was high in fat it was also the lowest in salt content. Similarly, MTRâ€™s lower fat content was tainted by the amount of salt it contained â€“ almost 600mg per 100g.
Restrict consumption of ready-to-eat meal packs that contain high amounts of fat. Even with regard to sodium, the product is unsuitable for cardiac-affected, diabetic and hypertensive patients.
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