Saffola Masala Oats-Are they healthy?


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Saffola Masala Oats-Are they healthy?

I just hate oats ! My tongue doesn’t seem to like them, I don’t like it in anyway I have tried so far. I want to try oats upma with lots of veggies, pending mission since  a long time 😀 . My mom raved about Saffola masala oats veggie twist on multiple occasions, so I thought I will dare to try !

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One fine day in office, I found these Saffola Veggie Twist being served in Cafe Coffee Day in office cafeteria. I took this as the best opportunity to try it without doing any mehnat ! The CCD guy charged me Rs 40 and as far as I could recall, my mom said its only 15 bucks for a sachet of 1 serving. Aaaah, price for CCD setup in office may be 🙁

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Anyway, I found the taste good , yeah don’t be surprised. Its actually good ! I thought that this find is the next big thing to discovery of India 😛 ! But then , me being a sucker for reading the labels, I decided not to jump to any conclusions !

I bought 2 packets of Saffola Veggie Twist Oats to try them at home. Truth be told, I just wanted to read the labels !

Saffola Masala Oats-Are they healthy?

When I first saw the Nutritional Information, I thought – “Oooh my God, so may carbs ?? ” .  But then I compared it with Quaker and oats in general. The numbers are almost the same, so far so good.

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Then I intrigued further and my eyes stopped at 1 ingredient from the below list. Guess what ?

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Flavor Enhancers? No

Anticaking Agent ? No

Yeast extract ? No

Acidity Regulator ? No

These are present in almost all packaged products.

My eyes stopped at Maltodextrin. It is used as a thickener or a binding agent. You will find it in a lot of packaged food items, desserts, puddings and artificial sweeteners as well. It is cheap, so companies use it very often.

Maltodextrin when added in small amounts, does not really affect the basic composition of food i.e carbs, calories, protein, fiber , fat and protein remain as is. Good thing is that Maltodextrin is made from starch, its a processed carbohydrate and not a chemical. Still its not the safest to put in your body.

If you follow low carb lifestyle, then this certainly does not work for you. If you follow healthy eating, you can have this Saffola Masala Oats Veggie Twist once in a while. On regular basis, have oats with lots of veggies !

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  1. Due to busy schedule and convenience in cooking people opt for dese packaged foods. This post is an eye opener for them! Well written tarun 🙂

  2. Well written Tarun!! I found them too spicy for my liking! Our 501 th post…. it is a reason to celebrate!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! Congratulations!! 😀

  3. I have been eating Saffola Masala Oats – Peppy Tomato for months now. I take one pkt for breakfast (mix in 2 tbsp of hummus for a little extra flavor). I have had no issues whatsoever. Been losing weight on this.

  4. Anand, you will lose weight because its basic ingredient is oats. But its not healthy and in no way a substitute for plain oats

  5. Can you please tell me how they are diffrent cause i found most of the nutritional value same as plane oats and masala oats are bangs of flavours as compared to plane ones

  6. it does have flavor enhancers whose composition is not known, hence its always dicey. Maltodextrin is another unwanted ingredient.

  7. But when I prepared oats upma taste was very weird and yukk. Thats why I prefer masala oats.. But I’ll keep in mind whatever you said. Only ONCE IN A WHILE. I wish I could have them daily. Don’t know how to prepare good recipe with plain oats.. Every time I prepare it becomes very bad in taste.. 🙁

  8. Well Written Tarun,

    I recently found it in our indian grocers , wanted to try it .. it tastes so great, so I was getting attached to it. Then I too read the ingredients lot of them I didn’t even know what is it…so searching for a article
    found yours, thanks for explaining it . I agree not a good idea for everyday.


  9. Hi..just chanced on this..Why is everyone so paranoid about ingredients of everything, if we’re gonna be so picky, we’ll eventually stop short of brushing or bathing because from toothpaste to soap contains unwanted shit..I don’t mind saffola oats anymore than I mind vadapav or paanipuri..weight loss has nothing to do with calories and everything to do with in the mind, not in a packaged food. You all get one life…enjoy it without unnecessary paranoia..( usual meal varies from 500-750gms of kaju katli or 500-1000gms of chocolate cake, or a ‘usual’ thali, and yes, of course I have a 6 pack..sometimes 4, but who cares). Promote exercise not short cuts. Do a million push ups and go eat a whole cow if u dig it. Live happy, not long. Peace 🙂

  10. I have tried this today, it was given to me by my brother who eats it most of the time, including most indian foods on a continuing basis, after a an hour of eating this stuff, I became quite hot in my head and face, and felt a little dizzyI do not usually eat Indian food at all these days, and has been some years since I have partaken of anything indian, I am thinking that I may have been allergic to something in it, which prompted me to have a search, and found nothing that I could see that might cause this to happen to me. I do nmot think I shall be trying this again.

  11. I just want to know this saffola oats is for weight gain or loss?. Can someone suggest me for best weight gain oats.

  12. U can eat sometimes, its not bad even .. N plain oats r way much healthy ,u can prepare plain oats as pudding with low fat milk n dryfruits .. Without adding sugar …try 2 roasts plain oats in pan for 3 minutes them pour some milk + water m make pudding .. Very tasty …???


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