In a sign of the times, the Sweets & Snacks Expo earlier this week in Chicago focused on healthier treats.
Saleswomen for Hershey Co. handed out Reese’s Minis, chocolate-peanut butter cups the size of marbles, which they touted as ideal for portion control. Nearby, staff members for candy behemoth Mars chatted up their sugar-free Dove chocolates and the company’s goodnessKnows snack squares containing “phytonutrients that have been shown to help support healthy circulation.” read more from the LA Times…
While this trend toward healthy treats may sound like a great idea, we’d like to challenge the notion that snacks have to be nutritious for us. Candy should be a tasty interlude that we enjoy every once in while. If we realize that theses are treats, and NOT a part of our daily nutritional requirements, we won’t go looking for phytonutrients, antioxidants, and other health benefits in our chocolate bars. We’ll be getting them from real food.
Granted, removing trans fatty oils from candy bars is a great idea. But that doesn’t mean we need to eat one after every meal.
The greatest innovation in candy will be when people start consuming much smaller amounts than they currently do. But that’s not something the companies are interested in. Herein lies the conflict between health and profits.
What to do at the supermarket:
Try to limit the number of items you purchase in the snack aisles. Think of fruit as the first go to snack option instead of candy.
Have a great holiday weekend. To our friends in uniform, and our fallen brethren – we salute you!