By: Dr. David Friedman
This is an example of how companies capitalize on healthy buzz words to fool consumers into spending their money. This candy company claims their product is made from healthful, all-natural pomegranate and nectarine and boasts the following:
Wow! Sounds like something super healthy right? Finally, we can eat candy, satisfy our sweet tooth and get vitamin C, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals from these natural fruits! ????
No artificial dyes
No corn syrup
The first ingredient of this candy is SUGAR!! Oh but wait, it says “organic” sugar so that means it’s good for us right?
Sugar that is “organic” simply means it doesn’t have any pesticides or herbicides. There are a lot of disagreements among all the health experts, doctors, dietitians and best-selling authors I’ve interviewed; however, the ONE thing almost all them agree on is, SUGAR is public enemy #1! Consuming it will spike your blood sugar, increase your triglycerides, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Sugar increases your risk for obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Sugar has been linked to depression, gut dysfunction, and cancer!
This company is trying to bamboozle consumers by using the word “organic,” which most people believe means is good for you.
The second ingredient is rice syrup. Like most refined sugars, rice syrup contains a lot of sugar and no essential nutrients. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar. Rice syrup has a GI of 98, which is extremely high! In fact, it’s much higher than table sugar which has a GI of 65. Eating rice syrup will spike your blood sugar.
This product is being sold as a “natural pomegranate and nectarine” candy...
These two fruits aren’t even listed as ingredients. Some companies will at least spike their fruit candy with synthetic vitamin C to fool consumers into thinking it's is coming from the fruit— but not this company.
The moral of my blog post rant? Please play detective, read labels carefully and don’t fall for buzz words designed to make you think the product is healthy. A rock is organic, gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, soy-free, dairy-free and contains no artificial dyes, no nuts, no GMOs, and no corn syrup.... that doesn’t mean it’s healthy and you should eat it!