Ex­truded Snacks

What these 10 brands claim

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These are a cat­e­gory of snacks made by a dif­fer­ent process – ex­tru­sion cook­ing, to be spe­cific. This process al­lows for the mak­ing of prod­ucts with all kinds of shapes (twisted, ring- or cube­shaped, etc.) and tex­tures. For un­der­stand­ing nutri­tion in­for­ma­tion as given on the la­bel, we took up 10 pop­u­lar brands of ex­truded snacks fo­cus­ing on the pro­tein and en­ergy pa­ram­e­ters. As usual, we have also rated the salt, sugar and fat quan­ti­ties as per the traf­fic light colours to en­able con­sumers to quickly de­cide if the prod­uct they are pick­ing up is a healthy choice.

Nu­tri­tional la­belling of pack­aged food prod­ucts refers to the dis­clo­sure of the main nu­tri­ents, such as en­ergy, fat, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate, sugar and salt con­tent, on the la­bel. As per In­dia’s Food Safety and Stan­dards (Pack­ag­ing & La­belling) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, manda­tory nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion or nu­tri­tional facts per 100 grams or 100 millil­itres or per serv­ing of the prod­uct shall be given on the la­bel. Such in­for­ma­tion shall con­tain the fol­low­ing: a) en­ergy value in kilo­calo­ries (kcal) b) the amounts of pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate (spec­ify

quan­tity of sugar) and fat in gram (g) or ml c) the amount of any other nu­tri­ent for which a

nutri­tion or health claim is made Note that dec­la­ra­tion of salt or sodium is not manda­tory. This is de­spite the rec­om­men­da­tion of Codex Ali­men­ta­r­ius Com­mis­sion – a joint in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal body of Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) of the United Na­tions (FAO) and World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) with over 185 mem­ber states – for declar­ing sat­u­rated fat and sodium or salt.

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