Health drinks are Malt-based beverages that enhance the taste of milk and provide a nutritional thrust. India is claimed to be the world’s largest malt-based drinks market and accounts for about 22 percent of the world’s retail volume sales. Growing awareness around health food and beverages has meant a consistent boost for products in the ‘health and nutrition’ segment. In view of the growing popularity of the ‘health drinks’, at Consumer VOICE we took up eight brands for comparative testing. Four malt based drinks were Boost, Horlicks, Amul Pro and Bournvita. Amongst the proprietary food were Pediasure, Complan, Ensure and Protinex. Consumer Voice took particular note of the label declarations with regard to nutritional contents and other claims.
The national standards in India have spelled out various requirements for health drinks covering quality, safety and acceptability aspects. While the four proprietary brands are not standardised under any regulations, there are safety and nutritional requirements that they need to fulfill.
The tests were conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory and as per requirements specified in Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Regulations, 2011.
The key parameters for which the health drinks were tested included energy value, protein, vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, fat, moisture and acid-insoluble ash.
- Amul Pro
- Acid-Insoluble Ash
- Alcoholic Acidity
- Total Sugar
- Vitamin D
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat