In this very cold December season, several people enjoy having a rich and comforting hot chocolate, whether it comes in a tablet or in powder form. However, the Federal Consumer Attorney’s Office (prophecy) carried out a study of various brands presented in an edition of the Consumer MagazineIt is a research on quality in which he determined what brands do not comply with Mexican regulations or proper labelingpointing out such products as misleading.
There were 32 products evaluated, they were table and powder chocolates, 3 in table chocolate tablets, 10 in powder and 7 powders to prepare chocolate-flavored drinks, which were tested for energy content, proteins, fat, sugars and nutritional information.
Which chocolate brands were misleading?
Profeco says that these tableware products failed to comply with the net content declared on their labeling:
- Homemade Moctezuma: of 270 grams, had up to 6.5% less net content than declared.
- Nestle Original Granny: of 270 grams, had 6% less.
- Chocolate Switzerland: of 360 grams, had 4.2% missing.
- Precise Chocolate Flavor: of 200 grams, with 1.4% lacking.
- Don Gustavo: granulated powder 25% less sugar than traditional 250 gram granulated chocolate with 12.8% less content.
Excess Calorie Brands
According to Profeco, these are the brands that have the highest amount of calories:
- Nestle Original Granny
- Don Gustavo
- Coco Tavo
- Vitamin Choco Genius
- Morelia Presidential
- Nesquik Opti-Star Nestlé
Worst Rated Brands
- Kekua: table chocolate with sugar of 400 grams, does not have nutritional informationTherefore, it does not comply with NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010.
- Vitamin Choco Genius: powdered chocolate with 385 grams, has not declared the amount of trans fat or added sugars per 100 ml of product, nor its energy content per container, therefore it did not comply with NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010. Likewise, it has sweeteners and does not present the warning legend “contains sweeteners, not recommended for children”.
- Golden Hills: 540 grams table chocolate, Add coconut or palmetto fat, which is not in the types of fat allowed, even though NOM-186-SSA1/SCFI-2013 allows the addition of 5% vegetable fat other than cocoa, but only leaves six types of fat. vegetable fats.
Finally, the Moctezuma Uruapan Premium brand, a 250-gram dark table chocolate, based on the characteristics of this type of chocolate, stood out among the others for having more cocoa and less sugar.
What does Profeco suggest?
Do you want to buy chocolate for the Christmas holidays? This is what Profeco recommends:
- read the label, especially the nutritional information.
- Check expiration dates, even though they are long-lived products under proper storage conditions.
- Check the sugar content and the Caloric intakewhich in these products are high.
- Keep the product in its closed packaging in the cupboard or in any other cool place, protected from light, away from heat sources and sudden changes in temperature to preserve its useful life.
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