“Mars, which makes M&Ms, Snickers and Twix, said Friday that it supports government recommendations to limit sugar intake and label sweets with the amount of added sugar they contain.”
Chocolate addicts will recognize this – that funny white stuff that shows up sometimes on the surface of your favorite food. It’s called fat bloom, and it happens when liquid fats in the chocolate migrates to the surface and crystallises. This causes the industry marketers concern. But the good news? It’s ok to eat!
How can we avoid this horrible stuff when it’s in virtually every manufactured food product on the market? Read labels!
On food labels as Fructose-Glucose in Canada, high-fructose sweeteners are also deceptively labeled as inulin, iso-glucose, dahlia syrup, tapioca syrup, glucose syrup, corn syrup, crystalline fructose, agave syrup, and even fruit fructose.
This excellent article on the Wellness Tips website explains the glucose-fructose problem.
Probably the biggest reason that high-fructose corn syrup is such a problem is that it is absolutely everywhere in our food supply, even in foods that one would not expect, resulting in us eating large quantities of the stuff, often completely unawares. The biggest HFC syrup culprits are soft drinks, fruit drinks (often sold in tetrapacks), and sports drinks, but it is also found in flavoured yogurts, frozen dinners / frozen food, canned food, breads, stuffing mixes, breakfast cereals, breakfast pancake/waffles, cookies/cakes, crackers, ice cream, children’s vitamins, cough syrup, candy bars, condiments like ketchup etc., drink mixes, jams, jellies, syrups, some meats, salad dressings, sauces and marinades, and snack foods and bars.
If you think this is overstating the problem, take a wander through your local grocery store and read a few labels at random.
Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin, a book widely derided at the time of publication, has been listed as one of the most coveted out-of-print works in the world, thanks to a ground-breaking lecture called Sugar: the Bitter Truth by Robert Lustig, professor of paediatric endocrinology at the University of California, in which Lustig hailed Yudkin’s work as “prophetic”.
Lustig is one of a growing number of scientists who don’t just believe sugar makes you fat and rots teeth. They’re convinced it’s the cause of several chronic and very common illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It’s also addictive, since it interferes with our appetites and creates an irresistible urge to eat.