Don’t just rely on labels if you want to eat healthy
The label on a packaged snack may not always give you the authentic information on whether the food is good for your health. For example, a popular health drink claims it contains "pro health vitamins", but the label suggests that it has 71 gms of sugar for every 100 grams.This sugar content is actually 57% of the recommended daily intake limit.
A new study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released on Friday reveals how several popular brands of snacks, health drinks, cooking oil and noodles don’t tell you what you must know. A brand of health drink that claims it has “34 vital nutrients, 100% milk protein, more protein faster growth" actually contains sugar as high as 38% of recommended daily upper limit per serving.
"In fact, we have not accounted for the fact that a person may consume it more than once and add sugar to the drink," said Amit Khurana of the food safety and toxins programme at CSE. Equally misleading are the advertisements - a brand of digestive biscuits, which claims to have less refined flour (maida) was, in fact, found to contain more maida than whole wheat, according to Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). More such complaints sourced by CSE suggest several brands make claims in advertisements that have no substance.