Indian festivals are incomplete without sweets and one of the most popular sweets across the country is the rich and mouth-watering Soanpapdi. Available at sweet shops and in supermarkets across the country, this sweet is particularly famous for being a good tea-time accompaniment. So what are its ingredients and are they all that bad? As usual, we will delve into the information and closely analyze its ingredients.
The primary ingredient you will find in Soanpapdi is refined sugar, and needless to say that it is extremely bad for you. If you are suffering from diabetes, obesity, and other weight-related issues, then chances are that these will only add to your problem. The second and third ingredients found in Soanpapdi are refined palm oil and hydrogenated oils, which are not only bad for the environment but are also one of the cheapest and unhealthiest oils available in the market.
A 100 gram serving of Soanpapdi contains a staggering 60 grams of carbohydrates, and of those 60 grams, 51 grams is nothing but sugar. Not only is this extremely bad for your fitness goals, but refined foods are known to affect the good bacteria in your gut, leading to bloating and digestive issues.
We have said this before and we will say it again, fats aren’t bad for you, but the source of these fats is also extremely important. A 100-gram serving contains 22 grams of fats, most if not all from refined palm oil and hydrogenated vegetable oils. These unhealthy sources of fats are linked to a rise in cholesterol levels and cardiac issues and are best avoided whenever possible.
A 100 gram serving of Soanpapdi yields only 9 grams of protein, all of which is from gram flour, which in itself is an incomplete protein. It means that the protein does not contain all the 9 essential amino acids that our body needs.
So what are the healthier alternatives that you can gorge on this festive season?
If you are looking for healthier alternatives, then a HYP sugar-free Protein bar is the way to go, as not only do you get 10 grams of protein per serving, but you also get a healthy amount of fiber per bar, which helps you stay satiated longer. So this festive season, choose health, without having to compromise on taste.