- Dietary Fibre
Energy value is highest in Patanjali (385 kcal per 100 gm) and lowest in Bagrry’s (366.7 kcal per 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of Kellogg’s cornflakes by a woman engaged in sedentary work means one- fifth (20 per cent) of her daily requirement of energy has been met.
- Protein value is highest in Reliance (8.2 gm in 100 gm) and lowest in Tops (3.9 gm in 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of Patanjali cornflakes by a man means 8.5 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. However, except Mohun’s, all other brands have declared dietary fibre on their labels. This is a consumer-friendly step on the part of these brands.
- Among the brands that have declared dietary fibre, the highest amount is in Bagrry’s (4.7 gm per 100 gm) and the lowest is in Kellogg’s (2.7 gm per 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of Patanjali cornflakes by a person means 15 per cent of his/her daily requirement of dietary fibre has been met.
What are dietary fibers?
Dietary fibre includes all parts of plant foods that our body cannot digest or absorb. Unlike other food components such as fats, proteins, or carbohydrates that our body breaks down and absorbs, fibre is not digested. Instead, it passes relatively intact through our stomach, small intestine, colon, and out of our body. Dietary-fibre requirement can be met by adopting a diet that incorporates plant-origin foods including fruits, vegetables and grains.
A high-fibre diet offers many health benefits, which include:
- Normalising bowel movements
- Maintaining bowel health
- Lowering of cholesterol levels
- Helping control blood sugar levels
- Aiding in achieving healthy weight
The WHO Committee on Chronic Degenerative Diseases has recommended a daily dietary-fibre intake of 30 gm.
Traffic Light Rating of Cornflakes
NM: Not mentioned
*Sodium multiplied by 2.54
The traffic light labelling system uses three colours – green, amber and red – to show at a glance if a particular food has low, medium or high amounts of fat, sugar and salt. Foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt are linked with obesity and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure. As yet, the UK labelling system is not followed in India.
- Traffic light for fat is green for all brands – this translates into ‘desirable’ so far as fat is concerned.
- Traffic light for sugar is green for Spencer’s. For rest of the brands it is amber – this means one may consume these occasionally so far as sugar is concerned.
- While declaration of sodium/salt on food products label is not mandatory as per Indian law, five brands – Kellogg’s, Mohun’s, Patanjali, Spencer’s and Tops – have done so. This is a consumer-friendly step.
- Bagrry’s and Reliance have not declared their sodium/salt amount.
- In brands that have declared salt, traffic light is green for Patanjali and amber for Mohun’s, Spencer’s and Tops. Traffic light for Kellogg’s is red – this means consume it sparingly so far as salt is concerned.
WHO (World Health Organization) Guidelines on Dietary Salt
Adults should consume less than 2 grams of sodium, or 5 grams of salt, per day, according to guidelines issued by the WHO. The main source of sodium in our diet is salt, although it can also come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world. A person with elevated sodium levels can be at risk of raised blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The unit price gives a fair idea about the cheapest and costliest brands.
• As per unit price, Tops (Rs 25 per 100 gm) is the cheapest brand. The costliest brand is Spencer’s
(Rs 35.60 per 100 gm).