The lesser-known ones are no less
For pretty much all of us, cornflakes are an ideal on-the-go breakfast option. Ideal because they are healthy. So we think. So, are they not? Agreed, they are relatively low in fat, but there is the sugar to think of. There is the added salt (sodium) to consider, too. The national standards in India have spelled out various requirements for cornflakes covering quality, safety and hygiene aspects. At Consumer Voice, we selected 11 widely-consumed brands of cornflakes and held them up against these non-negotiable parameters. We also checked them on the validity of their own nutritional claims. As you will read in the report produced below, some less-hyped brands have taken the top slots on various parameters, proving once again that quality is the real game changer.
We tested 11 leading brands of cornflakes on various quality, safety and acceptability parameters that are crucial in determining whether the cornflake is safe for consumption at all. As per our standard procedure, we undertook market research to identify the popular and regular-selling brands of cornflakes across the country. While there are many variants of cornflakes in the market (mixed fruit, strawberry, almond, organic honey and almond, etc.), we selected plain cornflakes for the study. Except Kellogg’s, Savour and Mum’s, all other brands claim to be proprietary food – this means Food Safety & Standards (FSS) Regulations for cornflakes are not applicable. The key parameters for which these cornflakes were tested included carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals and organoleptic properties. Since cornflakes are more commonly used as breakfast cereal and are expected to give instant energy to the body, we tested the brands for their energy output as well. A major health-related parameter was microbiological safety. We conducted tests for total plate count (TPC) and yeast and mould. The testing was conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory.
Top Performers - Diet n Lite | Murginns
Value for Money - Murginns
- All the brands meet the minimum requirements specified in the national standards, making them safe for consumption.
- Based on the overall test findings, Diet n Lite and Murginns are the top performers.
- The value-for-money brand is Murginns.
- Savour is the top performer in the sensory panel tests, followed by Diet n Lite and Murginns. The least preferred brand is Trusted Value.
- Dietary fibre was highest in Diet n Lite, followed by Patanjali and Reliance; it was lowest in Bagrry’s.
- The highest amount of protein was found in Mum’s and the lowest in Tops.
- Salt content was lowest in Tops and highest in Diet n Lite.
- Energy value was highest in Kellogg’s, followed by Murginns, Diet n Lite and Patanjali. Tops scored lowest on this parameter.
- Iron content was found highest in Murginns, followed by Kellogg’s. It was relatively low in some brands – namely Diet n Lite, Patanjali, Reliance, Mohun’s and Mum’s – even though they claimed to have iron content. It may be noted that most of the cornflakes brands make claims of being iron fortified.
- All the tested brands were found to be within the acceptable limits for yeast and mould. Two brands, Tops and Reliance, were found with slightly higher total plate count (TPC).
- In some of the brands, their claim values with regard to nutritional components like sodium, carbohydrate, protein, iron and fat did not match the actual test results.
What Does Ash in Food Mean?Ash refers to the inorganic material, such as minerals, present in food. It is the portion of the food or any organic material that remains after it is burned at very high temperatures. Some minerals are essential to a healthy diet (for example, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium), whereas others can be toxic (lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminium). The quality of many foods depends on the concentration and type of minerals they contain, including their taste, appearance, texture and stability.
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The milling process removes the corn kernels from the cobs and turns them into flake-sized ‘grits’. The grits are cooked in steam pressure cookers, at temperatures exceeding 100C. This cooking process lasts for an hour and softens the hard grits. During cooking, additional water is incorporated in the form of steam which condenses and the water content in the batch rises to 30 per cent to 35 per cent.
The hot grits are transported from the cookers to large driers via a network of pipes. The grits spend several hours in the hot-air driers in order to reduce their moisture content. These grits are milled using rollers, which squeeze them flat.,/p>
Next, the flakes are tumble-toasted in huge cylindrical ovens. The air in the ovens is heated and the flakes are tossed around in a rotating drum. The drum is angled so that the flakes whirl around and pass through it quite quickly, and stops them spending too long in the fierce heat. Here the flakes are sprayed with flavors and minerals. Finally, they are bagged up with the help of a bagging machine.
Side by Side comparison
Diet n Lite ₹ 89.00
Murginn's Cornflakes ₹ 145.00
Kellogg’s Cornflakes ₹ 92.00
Bagrry's Cornflakes ₹ 75.00
Trusted Value Cornflakes ₹ 99.00
Mums Cornflakes ₹ 180.00
Corn Flakes ₹ 85.00
Corn Flakes Mix (proprietary food) ₹ 145.00
Corn Flakes Mix (proprietary food) ₹ 94.00
Corn Flakes-based Breakfast Cereal (proprietary food) ₹ 94.00
For General Qualities
Cornflakes shall be packed in high-density polyethylene bags alone or they shall be first packed in high-density polyethylene bags, properly sealed, and then placed in cardboard cartons. As per Indian Standard, the bags used for packing cornflakes shall be made of 300 gauge high-density polyethylene of thickness 0.075 mm.
As per Indian Standard and FSS Regulations, moisture content in cornflakes shall not be more than 7.5 per cent by mass. It may be noted that cornflakes with less amount of moisture is better as it translates into a longer shelf life.
Dietary fibre was highest in Diet n Lite (5.34 percent) and lowest in Bagrry’s (2.16 per cent).
The highest amount of protein was found in Mum’s (10.8 per cent) and the lowest in Tops (5.80 per cent).
Salt content was lowest in Tops (419 mg/100 gm) and highest in Diet n Lite (689 mg/100 gm).
Total ash in all brands was within the maximum permissible limit. It was lowest in Tops (0.54 per cent) and highest in Kellogg’s (0.80 per cent).
Acid-insoluble ash was found within the specified limits. It was lowest in Kellogg’s and Reliance (0.020 per cent), and highest in Patanjali (0.035 per cent).
All the brands met the requirement for alcoholic acidity.
Moisture content in all the brands of cornflakes was within the specified limit.
The lowest moisture content was in Mohun’s (2.24 per cent), followed by Murginns (2.98 per cent). Patanjali was found with higher moisture content (4.94 per cent).
Among the tested brands, energy value was highest in Kellogg’s (388 kcal/100 gm), followed by Murginns (387 kcal/100 gm).
Crude fibre was found within the specified limit in all the brands of cornflakes.
All the brands passed in this test.
Carbohydrates percentage was highest in Tops (88.5) and lowest in Mum’s (83.61).
Iron was found highest in Murginns (22.27 mg/100 grams), followed by Kellogg’s (11.73 mg/100 grams). It was lowest in Mohun’s (0.75 mg/100 grams).
Fat in the tested brands was found between 0.12 per cent (Tops) and 1.22 per cent (Patanjali). Some of the brands made claims of being ‘low in fat’.
Microbiological contamination is a very serious issue for food products. For cornflakes, we conducted tests for total plate count (TPC) as well as yeast and mould. These microorganisms are responsible for many food-borne diseases. Due to improper or poor hygienic condition during the manufacturing process, microorganisms may occur in the finished product.
For Sensory Attributes
Savour was the most liked brand among panellists, and was followed by Diet n Lite and Murginns.
Trusted Value was the least favoured among all tested brands