Nestlé says it has found a way of slashing the amount of sugar in some of its chocolate bars by 40%, without compromising the taste.
The Swiss food company, whose products include Kit Kats, Aeros and Yorkies, said it has achieved the reduction by discovering a way “to structure sugar differently”. The new process is said to make sugar dissolve faster so that even when less is used, the tongue perceives an identical level of sweetness.
It plans to patent the process, discovered by its scientists, which it says will enable it to significantly decrease the total sugar in its confectionery products.
Sugar has been blamed for fuelling the obesity epidemic crippling the NHS in the UK and health campaigners have urged confectionery companies to cut unnecessary sugar from their products.
In 2014, Action on Sugar was launched with the goal of encouraging government and manufacturers to cut sugar in food by 30%.
In that context, Nestlé’s self-proclaimed breakthrough is likely to be welcomed, should it live up to its claims, and be potentially lucrative to the company.
It says it will begin to use the faster-dissolving sugar in its confectionery products from 2018.
A four-finger milk chocolate Kit Kat currently contains 23.8g of sugar, a plain (milk chocolate) Yorkie contains 26.9g and a medium peppermint Aero has 24.9g of sugar. If the amount of sugar in each of these products was cut by 40% the new amounts would be 14.3g, 16.1g and 14.9g respectively.
Just when you're ready to declare that 2016 is the worst year of all time this happens! Everybody on the internet has been saying 2016 is the worst year ever for months. Well, well, well not so fast, everybody! On the first day of the final month of the year Nestlé comes in the save the year. Did 2016 just blow a 3-1 lead? Maybe my mom was right when she said, "it's not over, til it's over".
Now sure maybeeeee our country is more divided than ever, and yeah Harambe is still dead (R.I.P.) , but candy may be less bad for you now AND still taste the same. That is groundbreaking stuff. I'm trying to be positive for once guys and just roll with it. Do I truly believe this is possible? No I don't. I also didn't think it was possible that Trump would win the election yet here we are. I'm just saying I'm going to give Nestlé a chance here.
I try to not eat candy a lot. By that I mean if I can go 3 or 4 nights in a row without grabbing a Reese's then I'm proud of myself. But I mean it's fucking awesome and hard to say no to at times. If there can be a way to make me feel a little less guilty for grabbing a candy bar when I get gas then I'm all in.
I'm not gonna worry about the type of cancer this will all ultimately give people or any other negative affects that this will inevitably cause. Not even going to worry about how Nestlé candy isn't even that good to begin with. Said it before I'm not a sugary candy guy, I'm a chocolate guy. (im-shocked-at-how-bad-america-is-at-liking-candy.html) Regardless, this is pretty cool news. Basically they found a way to use less sugar but I guess trick your tastebuds into thinking it's the same. Idk what witchcraft Nestlé is using and how that is possible but I'm all in for trying.
Imagine how awesome it would be if this actually worked? Then maybe they could do this with other stuff? You could have like 4 or 5 pieces pizza but it would be like only had 2 slices. You get the taste you love and not all the negative consequences. Obviously still not good for you but as they say, moderation is key.
What would be even better is if booze found out a way to copy this. Stronger but tastes the same. If there was a way to have a couple beers or like two mixies and be the perfect level of drunk I'd be all in. After a decade of drinking I'm still trying to figure out how to balance between "I don't feel anything" and "I fell asleep at the bar". It's a hard to do and the only way to keep better is to keep practicing! I was gonna say think of all the money we could save but if that ever happened it would just be $50 for a six pack of Bud Light.
Either way look out for this "less sugar, same taste" candy in 2018.