Maggi ghee tadka upma is a ready-to-eat recipe with an amazing aroma of ghee combined with your regular upma. Manufactured by Nestle this upma recipe has gained immense popularity recently due to its amazing taste and flavor.
So today in this article we will be reviewing maggi tadka upma by analyzing all its ingredients and will be determining whether it is safe for our health or not. Let’s begin.
Ingredients in Maggi ghee tadka upma
- Semolina precooked (74.7%)
- Palm oil
- Thickener 508
- Dried curry leaves
- Acidity regulator 330
- Anticaking agent 551
- Milk solids
Nutritional information per serving
Maggi ghee tadka upma review – Analyzing ingredients and nutrition
How much ghee and suji is actually present?
Maggi ghee tadka upma mentions the presence of semolina (74.7%) which is suji itself. It’s precooked so that the cooking time is reduced. You just need to add hot water and your recipe is ready.
When it comes to ghee the amount used is extremely low and ranges from .5gram to .9 gram. The packaging seems very manipulative as the picture shows that the upma is fully covered with ghee. But when you are having this product you may feel that there is a lot of ghee in it. This ghee flavor actually comes from natural identical flavoring substances. Ghee used in this upma is very less but an identical flavor of ghee has been added to enhance the taste.
Amount of saturated fat
Saturated fats are considered bad for our health. Too much consumption of saturated fats raises the bad cholesterol in our body and ultimately raises the risks of developing heart diseases. Almost 4.1g of saturated fat is found in 1 serving of Maggi ghee tadka upma which is extremely high. The presence of palm oil and corn oil in this upma contributes to this high amount of saturated fat. So people with heart-related issues, diabetes or kidney problems should avoid this product.
Vegetables and spices
Maggi ghee tadka upma mentions the presence of both vegetable and spices in the dehydrated form. Dehydrated carrots, onion flakes, green chilli flakes, roasted mustard seeds, dried curry leaves and ginger bits are some of the veggies and spices used in the recipe. Vegetables once dehydrated, loses most of their nutritive value. But in order to maintain the shelf life, the dehydrated form is used.
The food additive, thickener 508 also known as potassium chloride is found in Maggi upma. The thickener maintains the texture of the product. Thickener 508 is never considered good for your digestion and liver. It is never recommended for children under 5 years. This is a big drawback of this upma from Maggi.
Acidity regulator 330
The next food additive that is added in this upma to maintain the pH is acidity regulator 330. This acidity regulator is also known as citric acid and is not at all harmful to your health.
Amount of sodium
Another concerning thing about the Maggi ghee tadka upma recipe is the sodium content. 1 serving of the upma consists of about 535 mg of sodium. If you are an adult one packet is never enough for you. You definitely need to consume two packets especially if you are eating this as breakfast food. So basically, the sodium intake just from this Upma raises to about 1070mg. The daily requirement of sodium in our body is 2000mg. If you are taking 1000mg of sodium from this upma then it’s entirely up to you, how you manage to keep the sodium levels down throughout the day.
It is very easy to make Maggi ghee tadka upma. The recipe becomes ready within minutes and as a result, have gained immense popularity. You just need to empty the packet into a small bowl of hot water. Just mix it well and keep it aside for 4 minutes and your upma is ready to be served. It approximately takes about 7-8 minutes for the upma to be ready.
65g of Maggi ghee tadka upma express costs you around Rs 25 which is very reasonable when it comes to comparing it with other upma recipes available in the Indian markets.
After checking and analyzing the ingredient list Maggi ghee tadka upma can be considered safe for your health. The only two drawbacks are the high sodium content and high saturated fat content. Except for this two, this upma stands out in terms of pricing and taste. The tempting ghee flavor nicely blends with the upma and creates a rejuvenizing taste. Controlled eating is the key to a healthy lifestyle. So it is recommended to have Maggi ghee upma on an occasional basis and not regularly.