Know your Maggi Better..
Eating a Healthy & Balanced Diet is absolutely essential for well-being and are a key to good health. Eating in moderation, including smaller portions multiple times a day helps you keep your calorie intake in control.
It is equally essential to focus on the quality of ingredients used in your daily food. While indulging once in a while is also nice, it helps you focus and keep track on the longer term goal of being fit.
According to Indian council of medical research, a balanced diet should provide approximately 50-60% of total calories in a day from carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from fat. Physical activity is also a must for our well being, in fact the total fat intake in the diets can go up to 50g per person per day based on the level of physical activity and physiological status. A balanced diet with best of the ingredients, moderation and an active lifestyle is the only way to ensure good health. We all buy our ingredients from the market and I always wonder if the quality of these ingredients is actually being taken care of. Few brands stand out for their quality commitment and I’ve always regarded Nestle as being one of them.
One of the flagship product of Nestle has been Maggi Noodles. Maggi Noodles have been in India since the eighties and each one of us has enjoyed an early morning or a late night bowl of our favorite noodles.
They have been one of the most sought-after noodles in our hostels, where we used innovative means to connect induction stoves to light switches to make our Maggi during the nights. Another interesting place to have Maggi have been during the trips to the cold and misty mountains, nothing better than a hot Maggi to beat the cold and engage in conversations with best of your friends. My recent trip to Leh before the roads opened to the traffic in summers, showed how much Maggi is an integral part of India. The only two items available on the menu in the remotest of the villages were either a packet of Maggi or homemade Aloo Parantha.
As I always maintain no single food item is healthy or unhealthy, when eaten in moderation, I do indulge with my favorite Maggi at times. Recently I got a chance to visit the research & development center of Nestle based in Manesar, Gurgaon and first-hand see their commitment to Quality on their product lines.
Right from the hygiene principles to be maintained in Production through packaging to monitoring the levels of carbohydrates, fats, and sodium, the center takes care of everything to prepare just the right Maggi, you and I have always loved. The state of the art technology does this regular monitoring not only on the noodles but also on the tastemaker which comes along with it.
The center also undertakes activities to come up with the new and better variants to the noodles ex Aata Noodles or Oats Noodles etc. They do research on specific Indian palate through consumer panels, surveys etc. and the finalist recipes undergo a number of test runs in their test kitchens before they hit the market.
Some of the common myths around Maggi Noodles also got bust during my trip
Know your Maggi Better
- Does Maggi Give Balanced Nutrition: Best of the research makes sure that MAGGI Noodles, comply to the ratios of Balanced diet recommendations made by Indian Council of Medical Research. So rest assured the Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins are well within prescribed limits. This includes even the newly launched MAGGI Oat noodles which provides energy in this recommended ratio which are Energy from carbohydrates (56%), protein (10%) and fats (33%). However you need to balance this with other nutritional items including cereals, pulses, millets, milk & milk products, vegetables & fruits. Ex I also add number of vegetables like carrots, peas, corn, capsicum and even eggs to my preparation of Maggi Noodles.
- Does Maggi have a higher Fat Content: Maggi only contains 1/5th of the total daily recommendation of total fats. The fat content per serve (per pack) in the various MAGGI noodles is 11-13g and is well within the recommended proportions. It is interesting to know that a pack of Maggi has lesser fats as compared to common Indian food items that we consume regularly like a vegetable cheese sandwich, veg biryani, a dosa, or an aloo parantha.
- Is Maggi only Deep Fried: There is a well researched and tested methodology to make your favorite Maggi and this includes many other steps other than frying. It involves a 5 step cooking process before it is packed in hygienic conditions. At first, they are steamed – very similar to the process of making Idli. Second process is baking followed by the third step which involves quick frying of about a minute and a half to reduce the moisture in the noodle & cooks the noodles cakes. This process allows the Noodles to have a larger shelf life, enough for them to remain stable for several months before they reach consumers. This also ensures that you can cook your MAGGI noodles in boiling water for just 2 minutes. Finally, after drying & cooling the noodles are packed.
- Does Maggi have High Sodium: Once again, the sodium in a Maggi packet is about 36% of recommended daily allowance as per daily dietary recommendations. While Nestle is making all efforts to reduce this content, you can still maintain the overall daily sodium levels with moderate eating and balancing this with other food items.
Now having known more about our favorite noodles, let’s indulge in them once in a while, eat in moderation, exercise regularly and always enjoy Healthy & Balanced Diet – A key to good health.