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General

Marking

The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:

  • Name of the product
  • Trade name, if any
  • Name and address of manufacturer/marketer/ importer
  • Batch or code number
  • Net quantity in grams
  • Ingredients
  • Month and year of manufacture
  • The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
  • Nutritional information
  • FSSAI license number
  • Storage information
  • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
  • Customer-care details

  • Nutrition Facts

    Protein

    The main function of protein is aiding in growth and repair of muscle and other body tissues. So, higher protein in diet is better to gain body weight.

  • Highest protein was found in Endura Mass and lowest in Knoll.
  • Carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a good source of energy. A good reason to consume carbohydrates post-workout is to replenish the muscle glycogen that we burned during our workout. Our main fuel source is muscle glycogen. Glycogen is the storage form of glucose. So, a higher amount of carbohydrate is useful in gaining body weight.

  • Highest carbohydrate was found in Knoll and lowest in Nutrigain
  • Total Sugar

    Carbohydrates are made up of three components: fibre, starch, and sugar. Fibre and starch are complex carbohydrates, while sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Sugar is easily digested by our body and is therefore a quick source of energy.

  • Total sugar was highest in Kudos and lowest in Body Grow.
  • Energy

    For all physical activity, the body requires energy – the amount depends on the duration and type of activity. Energy is measured in calories and is obtained from the body stores or the food we eat. Carbohydrate provides 4 kilocalories of energy per gram, protein 4 kilocalories per gram, and fat 9 kilocalories per gram.

  • Highest energy was found in Endura Mass and lowest in Body Grow.
  • Steroids

    Steroids increase the appetite and aid in weight gain. At the same time, oral steroids are known to cause various side effects including:

  • Acne (pimples)
  • Blurred vision
  • Cataract or glaucoma
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased growth of body hair
  • We tested the five brands for presence of Betamethasone, Prednisolone and Dexamethasone steroids.


    Bacterial Contamination

    Bacterial contamination is a serious issue for all food products. We conducted tests for total plate count (TPC) and yeast and mould count.

    Total Plate Count (TPC)

    Total plate count is the amount of viable bacteria in a product and serves as a key indicator of the product’s overall quality and safety. As Endura Mass was proprietary food and the other brands were Ayurvedic products, no standards were available in the regulations. However, a lower total plate count is desirable. The unit of measurement for total plate count is colony-forming units (CFU) per gram.

  • Lowest total plate count was found in Endura Mass and highest in Kudos.
  • Yeast and Mould Count

    High yeast and mould count indicates poor hygienic conditions at the manufacturing plant.

  • Yeast and mould count was found less than 10 cfu/ gram in all brands, making them safe for human consumption.

  • Customer-Care Details

    As per Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if available, of the person who can be – or the office that can be – contacted in case of consumer complaints.



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