Moong Dal

Which brands did not de­clare their sugar and salt?

Consumer Voice - - Contents -

A pop­u­lar snack/nam­keen (from ‘na­mak', mean­ing salt) in In­dia, moong dal is con­sid­ered to be rich in pro­tein and low in fat. There is also the in­stant en­ergy (and sat­is­fac­tion) that comes from savour­ing a favourite snack. Talk­ing of en­ergy, it is one of the things whose value should be men­tioned on the la­bel of the moong dal packet. This and the amounts of pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate, fat, sugar, etc. With the many brands of moong dal snack on the re­tail shelves, we are def­i­nitely bet­ter off know­ing on what ba­sis to take our pick. The most ob­vi­ous place to start with is the in­for­ma­tion given on the la­bel, and that's what we will do in the fol­low­ing re­port. Given that nutri­tion la­bels are not al­ways easy or sim­ple enough to in­ter­pret, or stan­dard­ised for en­abling com­par­i­son among brands in a spe­cific cat­e­gory, we have here culled out the es­sen­tial de­tails on the ba­sis of which we as con­sumers can make in­formed and healthy choices. In­ter­est­ingly, while dec­la­ra­tion of sodium/salt on food prod­ucts la­bel is not manda­tory as per In­dian law, it was de­clared by a few among the eight brands we stud­ied.

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