Who would have thought that 25% less sugar jelly lollies offer no true advantage for your body’s health?
In terms of energy (calories or kilojoules) and total carbohydrate, traditional lollies and 25% less sugar lollies are so close, I’d call them the same. The difference is insignificant.
The claim of 25% less sugar is nutritional trickery. Snakes in the grass.
Still rotten for teeth, body weight and blood glucose control.
Compare the snake lolly packets in the main image.
The 25% less sugar on the left. The regular snakes lollies centre and right.
Things to note:
It doesn’t seem fair. You try to do the best for the family and label claims try to catch you out.
A smaller serve contains fewer kilojoules and carbohydrate than a larger standard serve.
It makes perfect sense for you to eat fewer of your favourite lollies to get a bigger advantage. Instead of 5 lollies, eat 4. Instead of 4 eat 3.
Be alert for more trickery on nutrition information panels. Some manufacturers quote smaller serve sizes than competitors which makes their lollies appear healthier.
Ideally ditch all lollies right now. Head to the stash and toss them in the garbage bin. Done?
Okay, back to reality. Some things are easier said than done. Here are a few tips to reign in and curb the lolly habit without falling for nutritional trickery.
Try this experiment. Kick lollies out of your life for at least three weeks. Avoid opening lolly bags and eating or smelling lollies. When you finally open a bag to taste them, notice how intense the fake smell and taste of lollies is. Decide not to eat them.
1. Dried fruits as a travel sweet: compact, bounce-proof and not messy.
2. Dried fruit in lunchboxes. Replace lollies in lunchboxes with dried natural fruits - sultanas, apricots, apple rings, figs, dates, and raisins are ideal. Check the ingredient list on the label to make sure no extra sugars are added (dried cranberries, pineapple and mango are often sugar-sweetened). Avoid compressed dried fruit chews and energy balls because these are lollies in disguise.
3. Fresh or preserved fruit for an afternoon pick-me-up naturally sweet hit.
When confectionery manufacturers use fewer artificial flavours and colours they proudly promote this on product labels.
Fewer artificial additives is great for those avoiding industrial additives but not so great for those more sensitive to natural agents in food including amines and salicylates.
Concentrated natural flavours and colour extracts still trigger food intolerant reactions in sensitive people. Possible reactions include headache, migraine, skin rashes, shortened attention span, and tummy ache.