Guess what I just learned from the Choose Wiser Facebook page and BabyCenter? You won't believe this. Well, maybe you will. Nestlé is "healthifying" it's candy sold in the UK. That means that Nestlé has begun to phase out the use of all artificial food additives, preservatives, flavors, and food dyes in their UK candies like Kit Kat, Smarties, Nestlé Crunch. (These artificial ingredients have been linked to allergies, behavioral disorders, and cancer.) These and other candies will now be made with healthier ingredients like carrot, hibiscus, radish, safflower, and lemon.
But Rachel Sarnoff from BabyCenter reports that Nestlé USA has NO plans to make these healthy changes to it's American versions of the same candies.
Ummmmm WHAT? Why is the health of citizens of the UK more important than my health? Or my children's? Because the FDA approved these ingredients?
Listen. I give my kids candy and we're learning about moderation. It's hard for a three year old to say no to candy, especially when it's staring him in the face at every corner. But he also knows about special treats and that we don't get candy all of the time. And honestly, if we had access to "healthy" candy, I probably would let him have it more. Candy made with carrots? Heck yeah! Nestlé is totally ridiculous to not change their USA candy ingredients. But I guess it boils down to the fact that if there is no demand for a change, things won't change, because change is hard and change costs money.
There is a survey at the BabyCenter article…a four question survey for you to take so steps can be taken to DO something about this horrible ridiculousness. And, if you take the survey and leave a comment, you'll be entered to win a HEALTHY sweets package. So head over there and do it…and keep an eye and ear out for what more you can do!
(Nestlé is NOT the only company who makes different versions of their products for different countries. There's a ton. I won't get into all of that, but frankly, I think it's unfair and it needs to change.)