Almost everyone loves chocolates and candies. There is hardly a person who would say no to chocolate or a candy bar. But do you know the ingredients of your loved chocolate bars? Let us check out the ingredients and health effects of Cadbury Dairy Milk, Nestle KitKat, Snickers, and Unibic Snack bar.
Cadbury dairy milk is one of the oldest and the most loved chocolate bars in India. The advertisements for dairy milk since time immemorial have impacted how people see Cadbury. But have you thought about the health effects of its ingredients?
The main ingredients of Cadbury dairy milk include sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, full cream milk, vegetable fat, milk solids, flavors, and emulsifiers.
The crispy Kit Kat is loved by children and adults across ages in India. Nestle manufactures it and has been popular in the Indian markets ever since it was launched.
The main ingredients of Kit Kat include cocoa mass, emulsifiers like Soy lecithin, 476, Yeast, salt, sugar, full cream milk, a raising agent like sodium bicarbonate, vegetable fat, wheat flour, and cocoa butter. Kit Kat has 24% of wafer fingers and 76% of milk chocolate.
Snickers are seen as instant energy bars, and people find it is comparatively healthier because of the presence of peanuts and skim milk.
Snickers contain cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, sugar, milkfat, lactose, artificial and natural flavors, soy lecithin, peanuts, corn syrup, spice, egg whites, and chili extracts.
Unibic fruit & nut snack bars contain a mix of cereals and nuts as well as seeds like rice crispies, oats, almonds, raisins, etc. It is recently launched in the market and is slowly becoming popular.
The main ingredients in a Unibic snack bar are almonds, cashews, golden raisins, dates, cranberries, black currants, oats, rice crispies, flax seeds, honey, emulsifiers E322 from soya, vegetable gum E415, humectant, edible vegetable fat, sugar, and glucose syrup.
There can be grave side effects of consuming these chocolate bars regularly. There can be some undeclared toxins present in chocolates. The use of processed chocolate as well as raw cocoa can be unsafe because they might have nickel and cadmium which are not safe for the body. These metals can cause permanent damage to the body. It can be particularly dangerous for children if they consume chocolates in large quantities. In addition to that, the antigen contamination is also a significant risk involved in the production of chocolates. Hence, most of the chocolate bars end up with bacterial contamination, which is dangerous for people who consume chocolates regularly.
Moreover, weight gain is another huge problem associated with the consumption of chocolates. Since it has high amounts of sugar, it can be addictive, and people who consume chocolates in large quantities gain weight at a faster pace. Therefore, children must consume chocolates in moderation so that they don’t become a victim of adolescent obesity. Also, women during their postmenopausal phase must not eat a lot of chocolates because that might make them gain more weight too.
Furthermore, chocolate is also associated with heartburn and cancer. Consuming chocolates in large quantities can reduce the esophageal sphincter pressure and thus make it vulnerable to heartburn. According to studies, people who consume chocolates regularly end up with a high intake of carbohydrates, which might result in prostate cancer. However, if sugar-free chocolates are consumed, it might help in getting all the benefits of cocoa without causing cancer or obesity.
To sum up, you must check the ingredients of the chocolate packs that you buy even if they look somewhat “healthy.” They all have long term effects, so be careful before consuming these chocolate bars.