Maaza is a popular mango-flavoured soft drink enjoyed by many people around the world. The drink is produced by the Coca-Cola Company. It is available in two varieties in India: Aam Panna and original.
It is often consumed and served to guests in India because it is a refreshing beverage, especially during the summer. Additionally, many people view Maaza as a healthier alternative than other drinks like Pepsi, Coke or Sprite. However, is that true?
While Mazaa does taste soothing, refreshing and delicious, have you ever thought about whether or not it is good for the health?
If you are a fan of Maaza, this post will be ruthless for you because I will share 4 reasons why Maaza is not good for your health.
Let’s begin with it’s nutritional value and ingredients used.
Nutritional value of Maaza
A single 200ml serving of Maaza has the following nutritional value:
- Calories: 126
- Carbohydrates: 31.6g
- Sugar: 29.8g
- Fat: 0g
- Protein: 0g
- Sodium: 43.8g
Ingredients in Maaza
The key ingredients in Maaza include:
- Mango pulp(19.5%)
- Acidity regulators(300, 331(iii))
- Artificial flavours
4 Reasons why Maaza is not good for health
It is loaded with sugar
The sugar content in Maaza is relatively high, which is one of the primary reasons it is not good for the health. In fact, it has more sugar content than Pepsi and Coke.
A single serving of Maaza, which is 200ml, contains 29.8 grams of sugar, equivalent to 7.5 teaspoons.
The American Heart Association recommends that women shouldn’t consume more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, and men shouldn’t consume more than 9 teaspoons. This means that just one serving of Maaza exhaust 80% of the recommended daily amount of sugar for men and more than 100% for women.
Apart from Maaza, you consume sugar from other sources too, which eventually loads your overall diet with sugar.
In the long run, consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, and bone problems.
It can lead to weight gain
I didn’t even remember the last time I drank Maaza. Yes, I have left it behind, and one of the main reasons behind it was that it was adding unnecessary calories to my diet.
The company has made their Maaza so soothing and delicious that once you take it to your mouth, you don’t want to take it away and want to drink it all at once. As a result, you end up drinking more than you should.
The presence of sugar in Maaza can lead to weight gain.
If you have serious health goals or weight loss goals, it can hinder your efforts.
The artificial colouring in Maaza is concerning
You must be drinking Maaza thinking that it is made up of pure mangoes, which is why it has yellow as the mango. However, the reality is different.
The yellow colour of the Maaza is not primarily from the mango pulp but from its artificial colouring. It uses colour(110), a yellow synthetic azo dye, also known as Sunset yellow FCF.
While this colour is approved by the Food authorities of India, it was once banned in counties like Norway, Austria, Japan and USA. This is because it was found that food containing this colour may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.
However, as of now, many countries are using this food colour in their products but only in permitted amounts.
If you want to be super healthy, avoid any food products that contain artificial colours.
It’s not exactly natural
The company promotes it by saying, “indulge yourself in real mango delight with Maaza”. However, all I see in Maaza is artificial colour and flavours.
Also, Maaza claims to contain mango pulp of the Alphonso variety, which are one of the most expensive varieties of mangoes.
However, it contains only 19.5% of it. Rest 80.5% is just water, sugar and other chemical additives.
Do you think drinking Maaza will do any good for your health? Well, I don’t see a single good thing about it.
India is a massive market of ready-to-drink beverages. However, many of the drinks on the market are loaded with sugar and artificial additives, making them really unhealthy for you.
Even if you consume them occasionally, they might hinder your health efforts.
So the next time you want to drink something refreshing, do yourself a favour and go for the fresh fruit juices.
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