1.   Mithai or Sweets are usually made in transfats (Vanaspati) which lower the good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol. Sweets are bad for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or heart disease.

2.  Diwali sweets have very high content of white sugar and cause metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and resultant rise in blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

3.      The sweets may have non-permissible colours which may cause allergy (skin or lung). These colours may also be carcinogenic in the long run.

4. Most sweets are recycled from one family to another. The sweet packets are often left in the car for hours together and sometimes even overnight before getting distributed the next day. Any food items kept in the room temperature for more than two hours may not be good for the health.

5.  There may be adulteration in the ingredients used and may have harmful effects on the health depending upon the adulterant used.

6.  Most sweets are overeaten till they are finished. On the day Annakoot therefore it’s a tradition to neutralize the sweet taste by bitter vegetables taste but often the same is not followed.