TEST RE­SULTS

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FOR PHYSICOCHEMICAL PA­RAM­E­TERS

Di­etary fi­bre | Pro­tein | Fat | To­tal sugar | Car­bo­hy­drate | Acid-in­sol­u­ble ash | Acid­ity of ex­tracted fat | Mois­ture Di­etary fi­bre

Di­etary fi­bre can gen­er­ally be de­scribed as that por­tion of food that is not di­gested in the hu­man small in­tes­tine. It passes into the large in­tes­tine where it is par­tially or fully fer­mented.

The di­etary fi­bre mea­sured was be­tween 3.03 mg/100 gm and 4.03 mg/100 gm. Higher val­ues of di­etary fi­bre were as­signed higher scores.

Bonn scored the high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter.

A high-fi­bre diet of­fers many health ben­e­fits, which in­clude:

Nor­mal­is­ing bowel move­ments

Main­tain­ing bowel health

Low­er­ing of choles­terol lev­els

Help­ing con­trol blood sugar lev­els

Aid­ing in achiev­ing healthy weight

Pro­tein

Pro­tein is an es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent. It plays an im­por­tant role in the cel­lu­lar main­te­nance, growth, and func­tion­ing of the hu­man body. It should be higher in bis­cuits.

The low­est amount of pro­tein was found in Parle (7.17 per cent) and the high­est in An­mol (8.83 per cent). Dif­fer­ence be­tween mea­sured and de­clared val­ues was high­est in Divss (21.61 per cent), fol­lowed by Parle (11.48 per cent).

Fat

The fat mea­sured was lower than the de­clared val­ues in nine brands, Crem­ica be­ing the ex­cep­tion.

Divss was found to have the low­est fat.

To­tal sugar

Sugar is added to bis­cuits to en­hance their taste. Most of the bis­cuits are semi-sweet and they con­tain mod­er­ate amounts of sugar. The In­dian Stan­dard does not have any re­quire­ment for sugar in bis­cuits since th­ese are pro­duced in a wide va­ri­ety.

The low­est sugar was found in An­mol (12.04 gm/100 gm) and Priyagold (13.27 gm/100 gm); the high­est was in Bonn (19.85 gm/100 gm).

The sugar con­tent in Patan­jali was found to be more than the de­clared value.

Car­bo­hy­drate

Car­bo­hy­drate is a source of en­ergy. How­ever, con­sid­er­ing the wide va­ri­ety of bis­cuits pro­duced, In­dian Stan­dard has not de­fined any re­quire­ment for car­bo­hy­drate.

Car­bo­hy­drate was found in the range of 79.84 gm/100 gm to 85.44 gm/100 gm. All the re­sults were above the de­clared val­ues.

Crem­ica scored high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter, fol­lowed by An­mol and Priyagold.

En­ergy Value

Calorific value is the amount of calo­ries that our body ob­tains from food. The In­dian Stan­dard has not spec­i­fied any re­quire­ment in this re­gard.

The en­ergy val­ues mea­sured were be­tween 428.45 kcal/100 gm and 458.60 kcal/100 gm. The mea­sured val­ues were nearer to the de­clared val­ues ex­cept in the case of Crem­ica.

Acid-in­sol­u­ble ash

Acid-in­sol­u­ble ash in­di­cates the pres­ence of sand, dirt, and dust. Acid-in­sol­u­ble ash con­tent in bis­cuits shall not be more than 0.05 per cent as per In­dian Stan­dard and not more than 0.1 per cent as per Food Safety & Stan­dards Rules.

All tested brands were within the per­mis­si­ble limit.

Bri­tan­nia and Priyagold scored high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter.

Acid­ity of ex­tracted fat

The acid­ity of ex­tracted fat in­di­cates whether the qual­ity of fat used is good and shall not be more than 1.2 per cent as per In­dian Stan­dard and 1.5 per cent as per FSSAI.

All tested brands were within the pre­scribed limit.

Patan­jali scored high­est in this pa­ram­e­ter and was fol­lowed by McVitie’s, Priyagold, and Sun­feast.

Mois­ture

As per the In­dian Stan­dard, mois­ture in bis­cuit shall not be more than 5.0 per cent.

All the brands were within the per­mis­si­ble limit, with the mois­ture per­cent­age rang­ing be­tween 1.49 per cent and 2.73 per cent.

McVitie’s had the least mois­ture (1.49 per cent) and An­mol had the most mois­ture (2.73 per cent).

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