Soan Papdi is their largest selling sweet. It is a traditional Indian mithai with a flaky texture, prepared from chick pea flour with almonds, pistachios, and cardamom. With a sugar content of 46.22 gm per 100 gm of the mithai, it is considered very sugary and not recommended for diabetics and obese people.
Haldiram’s soan papdi is very sugary at 46.22 gm per 100 gm of the product, however, it has chickpea flour and palm oil which add some wholesomeness to the product. Unlike most other vegetable oils, as palm oil is primarily saturated fat, it is better suited for cooking. It does not have too much PUFA, which can get oxidized under heat and is rendered toxic.
A ruling from the European Food Safety Authority said that palm oil is a ‘potential health concern’ when improperly processed. The safety authority said that current levels of glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil are ‘potential health concern’. Animal studies have identified these contaminants, which are formed when vegetable oils are heated to high temperatures and then refined, as both genotoxic (damaging to DNA) and carcinogenic (causing cancer). Of all vegetable oils, palm oil was found to have the highest levels of these contaminants. At high levels of exposure, these contaminants are a health hazard for all age groups, the authority concluded, expressing particular concern for infants, toddlers and children under the age of 10.
Haldirams Soan papdi contain 46.22 gm of sugar and does not specify which sugar has been used. This is important because different sugars have different metabolic effects, for example, Sucrose (Cane Sugar) is very different from Fructose (Fruit Sugar). Some foods use high fructose corn syrup which may be harmful in much lower quantities than sucrose. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not clearly state what ingredients have been used.