Amul Kool is a type of milk beverage recipe that tastes extremely amazing. But in most cases, with amazing taste comes various side effects that affect your health adversely. Amul Kool Kesar is very popular in India and is mostly consumed during the summer months because of its refreshing taste and is also considered as flavored milk that is easily liked by children. In the advertisements, Amul Kool promotes itself as a product that is healthy and can be consumed by all irrespective of age. So today in this article we are going to review Amul Kool Kesar and will be determining whether it is safe for our health or not. Let’s begin.
Ingredients in Amul Kool Kesar
- Toned milk
- Milk solids
- Permitted food colors (E110, E102)
- Added flavors
Nutritional Information per 100ml
Amul Kool Kesar – Review and Analysis
Milk solids and toned milk
Already we all know that the first ingredient in a product is the main ingredient. Amul Kool Kesar mentions toned milk and milk solids as the main ingredients in this drink. This is great as the entire base of the product is milk and no water is added to it. This milk recipe is actually filled up with milk.
Sugar comes at the 3rd position in the ingredient list, unlike most other edible products which mention sugar as their main or 2nd ingredient. Generally, most milk recipes contain a lot of sugar in them to increase the sweetness. Surprisingly the amount of sugar used in Amul milk Kesar is much lesser compared to the other products available in the market.
100g of Amul Kool Kesar milk recipe contains about 7.8grams of sugar which is manageable. But if you are consuming an entire bottle of Amul Kool Kesar by yourself 75% of your daily sugar requirement is fulfilled. The amount of sugar is high but much less than most of the other drinks available in the market. If you are into regular workouts this amount of sugar can easily be managed.
Color 102 and 110
Amul Kool Kesar mentions the presence of food colors 102 and 110 in their packaging.
Color 102 also known as tartrazine provides the yellow color in this product. Unfortunately, there is no added Kesar mentioned in the packaging and this color helps in providing the yellow color. Color 102 is banned in Norway and Australia but allowed by the FSSAI in India. Many studies show that color 102 is responsible for increasing asthma symptoms, triggering migraine and lowering immunity. Tartrazine attacks WBC cells and your immunity goes down. Some other studies show that Color 102 is also carcinogenic if you are consuming it on a regular basis.
Color 110 is considered safe but sometimes makes your child hyperactive. But if you are giving to your child occasionally then these side effects won’t harm your child.
The packaging does not specify the name of the flavors added in Amul Kool Kesar. These flavors are responsible for making the drink taste like Kesar as no Kesar is added to it.
The best part of this product is that it has no added preservatives to increase the shelf life. Amul Kool Kesar has a shelf life of 180 days without refrigeration.
So how is this shelf-life possible if there are no added preservatives?
This is because this drink is UHT (Ultra High Temperature) treated. This means the milk used in this drink is heated at a very high temperature to kill all the bacteria present in it. When the milk entirely becomes free from bacteria it’s filled in an air-sealed bottle in hygienic condition. This is the reason Amul Kool has a shelf life of 180 days as there are no bacteria present in it. Generally, food products or our normal regular food get damaged by various bacteria and fungi. Amul worked on this and increased the shelf life without any added preservatives.
Calcium and calorie content
100ml of Amul Kool Kesar contains about 91Kcal of energy which is not that much and can be easily managed.
The amount of Calcium in this product is perfect. 100ml contains about 130mg of calcium which fulfills 30% of our daily calcium requirement. This is because Amul Kool is actually full of milk and milk solids.
Wide flavor availability
As of 2022, Amul Kool comes in 4 types of flavor which include Amul Kool Kesar, Amul Kool Elaichi, Amul Kool Rose and Amul Kool Badam. This is considered great as not all flavors are not liked by all, especially children. So having a wider availability of flavors it becomes very easy for you to choose the one which is liked by you.
What do we like about Amul Kool Kesar?
The best points that make Amul Kool one of the best milk beverages in the market are
- The calorie content is low compared to other similar products available in the market
- The amount of sugar is also less compared to any cola or soda beverages
- Wide availability of flavors
- No harmful preservatives have been added
- The calcium and protein content is high
- Amul Kool is any day better than Pepsi and Cola for your children
What we don’t like about Amul Kool Kesar?
There are some factors on which Amul Kool could have further worked on which would make this product the best one.
- Kesar or Saffron could have been added to it.
- Food colors added to it are quite controversial
- Stevia could have been added to it, instead of sugar. Stevia is 200times sweeter than sugar and would have reduced the sugar content further.
Who should not consume Amul Kool Kesar?
- Diabetic patients should stay away from this product
- People with skin problems, migraine or asthma should avoid this product
- Not to be given to children who are under 2 years
- Pregnant women should consult their doctor before consuming this product
Overall, Amul Kool Kesar can be concluded as one of the best milk beverage recipes available in the Indian markets. It is recommended to consume Amul Kool occasionally and not on a regular basis. Also if you are someone who is extremely conscious about your health, you should do extra workouts to manage the sugar content in Amul Kool. Do not substitute it with milk, rather you can give it to your children occasionally instead of Fanta, Mirinda or Pepsi.