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Candy Companies Say Their Products Are Getting Healthier

May 28, 2010: 05:38 AM EST
Candy makers don’t believe they are contributing much to America’s obesity problem. Candy, after all, accounts for only two percent of the daily American diet. Nevertheless, they are responding to consumer and governmental pressure to fight obesity. At a recent candy expo, many companies touted the healthful aspects of their products, such as nutritious ingredients, reduced portion sizes and lower calorie levels. And Mars, Hershey and Nestle USA joined a coalition that has promised to trim 1.5 trillion calories from products by the end of 2015. But critics are skeptical, noting that confectioners have always said their candy bars are healthy because they contain peanuts or milk. "A candy bar is typically a lot of calories and not a lot of nutrition," a consumer advocate said. "That's really the bottom line."
P.J. Huffstutter, "Healthful sweets: Treats of the future?", Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2010, © The Los Angeles Times
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