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En­ergy | Pro­tein | Acid-In­sol­u­ble Ash | Al­co­holic Acid­ity | To­tal Sugar | Mois­ture | Fat | Vi­ta­min D | Cal­cium | Phos­pho­rus | Niacin | Sat­u­rated Fat | Iron | Potas­sium | Choles­terol and Trans Fat

en­ergy The source of en­ergy in this cat­e­gory of health drinks is car­bo­hy­drates, fats, etc., which are mainly de­rived from milk solids and sugar. There are no spec­i­fied re­quire­ments in FSS Reg­u­la­tions, but these should be higher in health drinks. In our tests, we com­pared the to­tal en­ergy value (per 100 gm of sam­ple cal­cu­lated in Kcal) with the de­clared value.

Pro­teins are in­stru­men­tal in form­ing cells, re­pair­ing tis­sue, mak­ing an­ti­bod­ies, build­ing nu­cle­o­pro­teins (RNA/DNA), car­ry­ing oxy­gen through­out the body and as­sist­ing mus­cle ac­tiv­ity. These must be present in a good amount in health drinks. The source of pro­tein here is mainly the milk solids added dur­ing prepa­ra­tion.

In malt-based foods, to­tal pro­tein shall not be less than seven per cent. There are no spec­i­fied re­quire­ments for pro­pri­etary food. • Most of the brands were found closer to the claimed val­ues. Hor­licks had pro­tein con­tent less than its de­clared value. • acid-In­sol­u­ble ash Acid-in­sol­u­ble ash is the amount of ash that is in­sol­u­ble in di­luted hy­drochlo­ric acid. It in­di­cates the pres­ence of sand, dirt and dust. As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, acid-in­sol­u­ble ash in malt-based food shall not be more than 0.1 per cent by weight. There is no re­quire­ment for pro­pri­etary food. • Protinex had the high­est pro­tein con­tent (as claimed), fol­lowed by En­sure. All the malt-based brands were found to be well within the spec­i­fied limit.

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