Often high in salt, sugar and fat, instant tomato soups should be eaten sparingly and when we do that, our choice of brand should be based on a proper understanding of the information given on the packet. Given that nutrition labels are not always simple enough to interpret, or standardized for enabling comparison among brands in a specific category, we have pulled out the essential details and compared these on Traffic Light Labeling System to know the safe ranges on the basis of which we as consumers can make informed choices.
- Bambino by Bambino Agro Industries Ltd
- Ching by Capital Foods Pvt. Ltd
- Keya by Keya Foods International Pvt. Ltd
- Knorr by Hindustan Unilever Ltd
- Maggi by Nestle India Ltd
- Tasty treat by Future Consumer Ltd
- Energy provided as per RDA
- Protein as per RDA
- Dietary fiber
- Nutrition labelling
- Traffic light labelling
Energy, Protein and Fibre per Serving
- Energy value was highest in Keya (58.50 kcal per serving) and lowest in Maggi (43.0 kcal).
- Protein was found highest in Bambino (1.3 gm per serving) and lowest in Tasty Treat (0.6 gm).
- Declaration of dietary fibre is not mandatory under the current regulations on food products label. Among the brands that have declared their dietary fibre amount, it was found highest in Bambino (1.0 gm in one serving) and lowest in Knorr and Maggi (both 0.5 gm). Ching’s, Keya and Tasty Treat have not mentioned dietary fibre on their labels.
Traffic Light Rating of Instant Tomato Soup Brands
- Traffic light for fat was green in Tasty Treat. It was amber in the other brands – this means one may consume it occasionally.
- Traffic light for sugar was amber in Bambino, Maggi and Tasty Treat. It was red in Ching’s, Keya and Knorr – this means one may consume these sparingly.
- In brands that have declared salt/sodium, traffic light was red. In fact, consumption of one serve of Bambino tomato soup means that more than one-third of an adult’s daily requirement of salt has been met. Lowest salt was declared in Knorr.
The unit price gives a fair idea about the cheapest and costliest brands.
- As per unit price per serve, Ching’s is the cheapest brand and Keya and Maggi (both single-serve packs) are the costliest.