Before you visit your favourite MacDonald’s joint for your daily gobbling up of treats there, you might like to read this study done by CSE, Centre for Science and Environment (Delhi) which made such startling discoveries when their lab tested 16 top favourite major brands of junk foods consumers have got addicted too!
Besides feeding their addicts with unhealthy junk food, they were also mixing in a fat blob of lies and misinformation! These products claimed to have zero trans fats (bad fats that can give us heart attacks and obesity) in their packages. But the study found that they had heavy doses of salt, sugar and trans fats, all waiting for that heart attack to plummet down on you!
Sunita Narain, Director General of CSE has warned that such heavy doses could lead to youngsters becoming obese and risking having heart attacks at an early age.
The National Institute of Nutrition (Hyderabad) has this bench mark for maximum amount of salt we should have per day. It is just 6 grams. The World Health Organisation allows just 5 grams!
But the study by CSE discovered that the normal 80 gram packet of Maggi noodles (which is such a hot favourite for many) has over 3.5 grams of salt! It is enough to take care of over 60 per cent of our allowed daily salt intake!
For the rest of the day we are allowed only 2 grams of salt. Obviously we will all end up having much more salt than we should!
CSE warns about the dirty tricks from the sellers of fast foods – misbranding, misinformation, wrong labelling and obfuscation.
A child eats one of those MacDonald’s Happy Meals he finishes up 90 per cent of all his daily requirement of trans fats. The packet makes no mention of this scary detail! The WHO says that in a balanced diet a maximum of one per cent of total energy should come from trans fats. So an adult male can have 2.6 gams of trans fats per day. A grown woman can have 2.1 grams of transfers per day and a 10 to 12 year old child can have 2.3 grams!
The Top Ramen Super Noodles (masala) claims there is zero trans fats in every 100 grams but the CSE study found 0.7 grams per 100 grams. Haldirams Aloo Bhujia also bleats that it has no trans fats. But it has 2.5 grams per 100 grams! And we all know that we often eat more than just one packet of any of these addictive junk foods! So what else can we invite except obesity and a heart attack?