With the rise in obesity in the United States over the past few decades, and concerns about what exactly we are putting into our bodies when we eat modern foods, a movement has started called “clean eating.” It’s not a fad diet, and it’s not a dogmatic eating program that stops you from eating any categories of food. Clean eating is a pragmatic approach to eating a healthier and balanced diet, having a conscience about what you buy and where it comes from, and understanding which additives and preservatives you should avoid.
The Nordic diet has gained a lot of attention over the past few years for the long, healthy lives Swedish people and other Scandinavians tend to live. We tend to eat a lot of whole grains, berries and fruits, vegetables, and fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. We don’t avoid any food group (even sweets!) We just eat them all in moderation. And, we make our sweets with good ingredients.
Candy People’s clean candy contains no trans fats, no high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and most candy is made with natural colors. We even have several candies that are sugar-free, gluten-free, and/or gelatin-free. Once you’ve tasted our candy, you’ll understand that you’re not giving up any delicious flavor without the questionable ingredients. That’s why our motto is “Tasting is Believing!”
Trans fats have been called “the worst kind of fat you can eat.” In processed food, trans fats come from partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil. It can produce a longer shelf life for foods, but it’s not worth it – they’ve been found to raise your bad cholesterol (LDLs) and lower your good cholesterol (HDLs). That’s a double whammy, so we don’t use them in our candy. Trans Fat are now acknowledged to be harmful and the FDA recently ordered food manufacturers to stop using trans fats within two years.
High-fructose corn syrup has been an inexpensive sweetener commonly used in foods since the 1970s. That’s about the time that obesity started rising epidemically in the U.S. population. Though HFCS isn’t the only culprit, Princeton researchers proved that the higher amount of fructose in HFCS compared to regular sugar, led to weight and fat gain – and obesity. HFCS is banned in Scandinavian countries, but we could use it in our candy for the U.S. if we wanted to, yet we don’t. The moderate cost savings wouldn’t be nearly as important to us as knowing our candy is healthier without it.
Likewise, the use of genetically modified organisms in our home country of Sweden and across most of Europe is generally prohibited. The science on whether or not GMOs are unhealthy for humans is not as certain as the research on trans fats and HFCS. However, we don’t need to take any chances with our candy because we have access to quality non-GMO ingredients that we trust.
And finally, we believe in using natural colors if at all possible. Natural colors include some, like carmine and caramel, which have been used safely for thousands of years by humans. Various laboratory studies have found a number of potential health hazards associated with artificial dyes, so we avoid them almost entirely. Candy People does not use controversial artificial red dyes and yellow dyes.
We believe that our clean candy can be enjoyed by health-conscious consumers as part of their balanced approach to healthy eating. Programs like Weight Watchers even urge adherents to indulge judiciously in their favorite snacks and foods so that they don’t have cravings from abstaining. In Sweden, Saturday has usually been the single day of the week set aside for candy, creating an opportunity for moderation.
With Candy People’s clean candy, you can be assured you’re eating good ingredients that produce fantastic flavors and textures. We found that cutting out all the “junk” suddenly awakens each flavor. Try our candy for yourself and you will understand why we say “Tasting is Believing.” You can use the “Find a Store” option, near the bottom of our home page, to find an online store or Candy People retailer near you!