Which is the best sweet and salty biscuit?

Consumer VOICE decoded the food labels of 5 popular brands of sweet and salty biscuits, more popularly known as 50 50 biscuits because of the two opposite taste in one biscuit. While declaration of sodium/salt on food products label is not mandatory as per Indian law, only one brand has done so. This is a consumer-friendly step. Read on to know sugar, fat, energy, protein and dietary fibre contents of these biscuits.

Brands Compared : Anmol, Britannia, Parle, Patanjali, Priyagold

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The two opposite flavours come together neatly in these biscuits and make these an all-time favourite for many. Be it teatime, break time, or any other time, one can depend on these biscuits to provide instant satisfaction and an instant rush of energy too. Talking of energy, it is one of the things whose value is mentioned on the label of the biscuit pack. This and the amounts of protein, dietary fibre, fat, sugar, etc. The following report analyses the information pertaining to these nutrients given on the label of five brands of sweet and salty biscuits. Given that nutrition labels are not always easy to interpret, or standardised for enabling comparison among brands in a specific category, we have here summed up the essential details on the basis of which we as consumers can make informed choices. I

Interestingly, while declaration of sodium/salt on food labels is not mandatory as per Indian law, it was declared by one of the five brands we compared. Declaration of dietary fibre is also not mandatory as per Indian law but two brands have done so. These are consumer-friendly steps on the part of these brands and should definitely give us some food for thought.

Brands Compared

 

Parameters Tested

 
  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Dietary Fibre
  • Fat
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Key Findings by Consumer VOICE of Energy, Protein and Dietary Fibre

  • Energy value is highest in Parle Krack Jack (496 kcal per 100 gm) and lowest in Anmol 2in1 (446 kcal per 100 gm).
  • Consuming 100 gm of Britannia 50 50 biscuits by a woman engaged in sedentary work means one-fourth (25 per cent) of her daily requirement of energy has been met.
  • Protein value is highest in Patanjali Twisty Tasty (10 gm in 100 gm) and lowest in Anmol 2in1 (6 gm in 100 gm).
  • Consuming 100 gm of Anmol 2in1 biscuits by a man means one-tenth (10 per cent) of his daily requirement of protein has been met.
  • Declaration of dietary fibre on the label is not mandatory as per Indian law. Only Patanjali and Priyagold have declared dietary fibre on their labels. This is a consumer-friendly step on the part of these brands.
  • As per their label declaration, Patanjali Twisty Tasty has 6.5 gm dietary fibre in 100 gm and Priyagold CNC has 0.0 (zero) gm dietary fibre in 100 gm. Also, while Patanjali Twisty Tasty declares use of whole-wheat flour (atta), Priyagold CNC declares use of wheat flour (maida). Patanjali Twisty Tasty label also claims 0 per cent maida.

Comparative Chart of Energy, Protein and Dietary Fibre

*NM – not mentioned

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Traffic Light Rating of Sweet and Salty Biscuits

Key Findings

  • Traffic light for fat is red for Britannia 50 50, ParleKrack Jack and Priyagold CNC – this means eat these sparingly (undesirable). For Anmol 2in1 and Patanjali Twisty Tasty it is amber – this means one may consume these occasionally.
  • Traffic light for sugar is amber for all brands.
  • While declaration of sodium/salt on food products label is not mandatory as per Indian law, Priyagold CNC has done so. This is a consumer-friendly step. Traffic light for salt is amber for Priyagold CNC, which means one may eat it occasionally.
  • As per WHO guidelines on dietary salt, consuming 100 gm of Priyagold CNC by an adult means about one-fourth (24 per cent) of his/her daily requirement of salt has been met.

Traffic Light Rating of Fat, Sugar and Salt

  • NM: Not mentioned • *Sodium multiplied by 2.54

Results can be interpreted as follows:

Green: eat often (desirable); amber: eat occasionally (neutral); red: eat sparingly (undesirable)

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Unit Price Comparison of Sweet and Salty Biscuits

The unit price gives a fair idea about the cheapest and costliest brands.

Key Finding

As per unit price, Priyagold CNC (Rs 9.62 per 100 gm) is the cheapest brand. The costliest brand is Patanjali Twisty Tasty (Rs 12.50 per 100 gm).

 

 

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