Friday Food Talk Pick: Wheat Mamra – Is it healthy?

Friday Food Talk Pick:  Wheat Mamra – Is it healthy?

This friday we will talk about this new product from Raja Food Inc by Swad. that caught my eyes in Indian store. This product looked like an unusually long rice puff and I purchased it mistakenly for that. Being a foodie, I looked at it more closely at home prior to consuming and it turned out to be a mimic rice puff product made of all-purpose flour and tapioca starch. Also wondered why they call it wheat mamra? I immediately decided to test this product on our Food Coach. Below are the results –

Red Dot | Watch Out Food

However This food seems to have these healthy qualities:

  • Low in calories per serving
  • Healthy balance of fat
  • Contain zero trans fats.
  • Healthy balance of sodium
  • Healthy balance of total carbohydrates
  • Healthy balance of added sugars
  • Healthy balance of protein
  • Excellent source of iron
  • Healthy balance of added ingredients
  • No artificial flavor or color

*But, this food is rated as a red dot food due to it seems to have following unhealthy qualities that may have negative health effects if consumed unconsciously!

  • High in saturated fat – This food seems to contain a little more saturated fat per serving for its calorie level. Our Food Coach recommends no more than 1-1.5 grams of saturated fat per 100-125 calories on a general healthy diet. Pay attention to the amount of saturated fats in your diet as they tend to increase cholesterol levels in your body that can form the fatty acids in arteries and can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  
  • Low in fiber – This food contains zero fiber. A diet rich in fiber is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy and to reduce the risk of heart problems, diabetes, and obesity. Our Food Coach recommends at least 1.4 grams of fiber (5% of daily value) per 100-125 calories on a general healthy diet.


Also please be aware that –

  • This food is not a significant source of Calcium. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources.
    • This food is not a significant source of Vitamin D. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources and some sunlight exposure.
    • This food is not a significant source of Potassium. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources.

Dietitian’s recommendation for the consumers: This food is light and dry and can be a part of a healthy diet but should be consumed with caution to be in balance with your daily caloric and nutrients needs. Specially the important nutrients this food may be missing and /or contain some others more than recommended that may have some negatives health impact. This product can make a healthier snack choice by pairing up with roasted black gram (chana) to add some fiber and more protein.

Dietitian’s recommendation for the manufacturers: Calling it Wheat Mamra may be a little confusing and misleading. It would be better to call it all purpose flour (maida) with tapioca starch mamara so that consumers can make a better-informed choice.

Rate your favorite product with our Food Coach today and make an informed decision! (*Rating your food product on Food Coach is free but you will need to either register or log in to the system first) Thank you!



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