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Eating the wrong food is a major reason why India has become the diabetes capital and why the number of cancer patients in India has increased. In children, we are observing issues such as childhood obesity, insomnia, diabetes, and various other health problems. Hence, we are planning to come up with a series of articles under the “What’s in Your Kids’ Food” series to help you understand how you can make a small switch by reading labels on the packaged food you buy. Yes, it’s easy to say “make it at home,” but that doesn’t suit everyone in this era of busy lifestyles.

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We are breaking down the ingredients in one such kid’s snack today. When you go grocery shopping or at any other time, it’s so common that most of us buy biscuits, chips, cakes, and chocolates for our kids as a snacking option and stock them at home too. But have you ever consciously thought about the ingredients used in those snack items? Today, I will be talking about cookies/biscuits that are often given to children in Indian households during kids’ snack time.

This article shall help you get a sneak peek into the list of ingredients most commonly found in commercially available biscuits/cookies and understand how to make the healthier choice for yourself and your children. Please sit with your children and continue reading the article.

What’s in your Kids Cookies/Biscuits?

Most of the biscuits available at local markets, at a cheaper price, are usually made of ingredients that are unfamiliar to us and may not be found in our kitchen. Here’s a detailed list of the ingredients commonly used in biscuits:

1. Sugar:  Different forms of sugars like liquid glucose, invert sugar syrup, corn syrup etc. are used in baking biscuits/cookies and are not a healthy option for sure. They lead to dental problems, obesity, and the risk of getting diabetes is high. These artificial sugars are the major reason your children are addicted to such cookies and can go on and on and finish one cookie pack in a few minutes. 

2. Palm Oil: It contains high saturated fats. Consumption of biscuits made out of palm oil may have adverse effects on cholesterol level.

3. Maida: It is also called refined wheat flour. At first, it doesn’t contain any essential nutrients, also to achieve its characteristic white appearance, maida is often bleached using agents like peroxides, chlorine, and bromates. Consumption leads to a spike in blood sugar levels. 

4. Artificial Colors and Flavors: It is usually used to enhance the taste and create addiction. The synthetic flavoring and colors often used in the additives may cause allergic reactions. 

5. Raising agents: Most commonly used raising agents like baking soda or baking powder develop gas or colic in the body

6. Monosodium Glutamate: It is used as a flavor enhancer. can cause adverse reactions such as headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions

7. Additives & Preservatives: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, etc. are most commonly used additives & preservatives to extend the shelf life and maintain freshness. But using these will have a negative implication on health as they may disrupt hormones, may form benzene a known carcinogen, it is also linked to hyperactivity in children when combined with Vitamin C. Asthmatic patients must completely avoid these. 

8. Emulsifier: The most commonly used emulsifiers are Soy Lecithin, Mono- and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80. It is usually used to improve texture, consistency and extend shelf life. But it contains cancer-causing ingredients.

Remember, while these ingredients might not cause immediate issues, they slowly deteriorate health and can negatively affect future generations.

Healthy Choices over Price Tags

Most of us are ready to buy the most expensive toys, clothes, or even choose the costliest school for our children, but hesitate when we have to buy that expensive pack from the shelf and that’s where the compromise on quality happens. Also, people think healthy food is not as tasty and hesitate; it is the addiction to the above-mentioned products and ingredients that makes us hesitant to make the switch.

We strive hard at Tots and Moms to come up with healthy and tasty products using locally sourced ingredients and keeping our products completely chemical-free. Tots and Moms has four varieties of cookies specifically designed for kids: Ragi & Almond, Choco Bajra, Nuts & Seeds, and Sweet & Savory cookies. Made with millet, jaggery, dry fruits, nuts, seeds, and butter, these are rated as India’s healthiest cookies by Fit Tuber and Deepak Thakran. Do check them out at www.totsandmoms.com, also available at our Bangalore & Mysore stores and at all major marketplaces.

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