COMPARATIVE TEST

Di­ges­tive Bis­cuits

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Look for the ones with the most di­etary fi­bre

Di­ges­tive bis­cuits are ex­pected to be a rich source of di­etary fi­bre and in the comparative tests we car­ried out on nine brands, this pa­ram­e­ter was given the high­est weigh­tage. For most peo­ple, di­ges­tive bis­cuits are a good al­ter­na­tive to cook­ies and snacks that con­tain only white flour and sugar. At the same time, there are stan­dards to abide by when it comes to qual­ity and safety, and not all the brands out there may pass muster. Brands also tend to make their own par­tic­u­lar claims to stand out and more of­ten than not, the truth emerges only when we check these against bare facts and num­bers.

We tested nine lead­ing brands of di­ges­tive bis­cuits on var­i­ous qual­ity, safety and ac­cept­abil­ity pa­ram­e­ters that are cru­cial in de­ter­min­ing whether the prod­uct is safe for con­sump­tion at all. As per our stan­dard prac­tice, we un­der­took mar­ket re­search to iden­tify the pop­u­lar and reg­u­lar-selling brands of di­ges­tive bis­cuits across the coun­try.

The key pa­ram­e­ters for which the bis­cuits were tested in­cluded to­tal di­etary fi­bre, en­ergy, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates, to­tal sugar and to­tal fats, acid-in­sol­u­ble ash and mois­ture. A ma­jor health-re­lated pa­ram­e­ter was mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal safety. We con­ducted tests for to­tal plate count (TPC) and E. coli. The test­ing was con­ducted at an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. The sam­ples were tested as per spec­i­fi­ca­tions laid down by In­dian Stan­dard IS: 1011 and FSS Reg­u­la­tions, 2011.

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