Maggi Noodles – Is it really “Taste Bhi, Health Bhi”?

There are several healthier alternatives to Maggi noodles

Gasp! No more Maggi noodles?

Recently, some Maggi samples collected in UP have shown added monosodium glutamate(MSG) and lead levels in excess. The Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has started an inquiry and also written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi, requesting that the license for Maggi be cancelled.

Here’s what FSDA Assistant Commissioner Vijay Bahadur Yadav had to say – “We have tested Maggi samples at Kolkata’s referral laboratory. The test results show that there are added MSG) and excess of lead. We have ordered further sampling.”

Maggi’s manufacturer, Nestle has refuted the findings by saying that they do not add MSG and expressed surprise over the presence of lead in the sample. However a Nestle spokesperson has also said that food regulatory in India does not specify any limit for the presence of MSG(!)

While the investigation is on and no decision has been made yet to ban Maggi from the stores, this incident gives us parents some food for thought – pun intended!

While a lot of us have been eating Maggi noodles for years and there’s no doubt that Maggi acts as a great comfort food, there are 3 important reasons why Maggi should never substitute a regular snack or worse, meal.

  • It’s made out of maida. And no, the oats Maggi, atta Maggi and whichever other marketing gimmick Nestle pushes isn’t really a healthy option. Maida still constitutes over 50% of the ingredients in these variants as well.
  • Maggi has exactly zero nutrients. Eating maggi isn’t adding any nutrition to your kid’s diet. Like, nothing. With a lot of our kids being fussy eaters, do we really want to fill up their tummies with a food that is not beneficial in any way?
  • The tastemaker masala in the sachet contains high salt content – that’s what makes it so addictive!

Regardless of the results of the inquiry, this might be a good time for us to replace this tasty but zero-nutrition food with something else which actually has “Taste Bhi, Health Bhi”!

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