How sweet should your soan papdi be?

Any celebration in India is incomplete without sweets and the most common is soan papdi. It just melts in the mouth and no one can stop at one. Some like it very sweet, some like it medium. Different brands have different level of sweetness. But how much sweetness is right for you. Consumer VOICE has decoded food labels of six popular brands of soan papdi to check their dietary claims of sugar, protein, salt and energy in their soan papdi.

Brands Compared

Soan Papdi brands with Desi Ghee: Bikano, Haldiram’s, Patanjali

Soan Papdi brands with Vanaspati / Vegetable oil: Bikaji, Haldiram’s Prabhvji, Tasty Treat

‘Melts in the mouth’ is an apt description for this sweet treat. How sweet it is, though? In the following report, we have rated six brands of soan papdi on their sugar and fat quantities as per traffic light colours to enable consumers to quickly identify if the product they are picking up meets their choices and expectations. The declared quantities for these by the brands may even make you rethink your choices. Other important aspects declared on their labels include protein and energy and we have compared the six brands on these as well. 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. Interestingly, while declaration of sodium/salt on food products label is not mandatory as per Indian law, it was declared by four of the six brands we compared. This is a consumer-friendly step on the part of these brands.

 

We chose six popular brands of soan papdi to interpret the nutritional information given on their labels. Three of the six brands are made of desi ghee and the other three of edible hydrogenated vegetable fat (vanaspati) and/edible vegetable oils.

Parameters Compared

  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Sugar
  • Salt

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