Almond Joy : Not So Joyful

Hershey Almond Joy

Almond Joy Nutrition Information

Almond Joy Nutrition Information

INGREDIENTS:

CORN SYRUP; MILK CHOCOLATE ( SUGAR; COCOA BUTTER; CHOCOLATE; MILK; LACTOSE; MILK FAT; NONFAT MILK; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER) ; COCONUT; SUGAR; ALMONDS (ROASTED IN COCOA BUTTER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL) ; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL); WHEY (MILK); COCOA; SALT; NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR ; CHOCOLATE; SOY LECITHIN; HYDROLYZED MILK PROTEIN; SODIUM METABISULFITE, TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS; SULFUR DIOXIDE, TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS; CARAMEL COLOR

All of these bold ingredients should be a red flag warning that your body will not like decompressing and digesting through all of these processed ingredients. The reason manufacturing companies use products that require processing is to make distribution easier to create a better tasting, longer lasting, more durable product. Even if it is a candy bar, many of these ingredients have a purpose of preserving taste, form, and holding against packaging, shipping and distributing. Also, when involving chocolate, ingredients like soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, more soy lecithin, and sodium metabisulfite, are used to create a smooth, non-plastic, chocolate that wont melt easily.

I will define the contents in bold. Most of these aren’t easily pronounced, let alone comprehended.

Corn syrup is a food syrup, which is made from the starch of corn and contains varying amounts of maltose and higher oligosaccharides, depending on the grade. Corn syrup is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor

Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates

Milkfat (also known as butterfat)  is the fatty portion of milk

Soy lecithin group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipid

PGPR emulsifier made in a three step process from glycerol and fatty acids, respectively. PGPR reduces the viscosity of chocolate and similar coatings and compounds. It works by decreasing the friction between the particles of cacao, sugar, milk,

Sodium Metabisulphite The substance is sometimes referred to as disodium. It is used as a disinfectant, antioxidant and preservative agent

Sulfur Dioxide a colorless pungent toxic gas formed by burning sulfur in air. It is used in foods to preserve them.

All of these ingredients may be disheartening now that you are aware of what they are. It may not move you to never eat a candy bar again, but it may make you think twice about what you are putting into your body. . Although almost–but not all– every Hershey product is labeled as Gluten Free, it doesn’t mean it is a healthy choice.

Always read labels and use your discernment when making your food choices! Your body will thank you.

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