One of the most popular candy bars was introduced by the Mars candy company in 1930 and it was sold for a nickel. It was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse, Snickers. The Mars candy company earns 2 million dollars annually from the sales of the Snickers bar.
There were many variations and versions of the Snickers bar like:
Snickers crunch bar, Snickers almond bar, Cookies & Snickers and even a King Size Snickers Bar.
In the UK in 2004, the Food and Drink Federation created a manifesto which included 7 pledge of action, requesting the food and drink industry to reduce portions sizes, clearly label ingredients and nutritional information and reduce the levels of fat, salt and sugar in their products.
The Mars company demanded to replace the King Size Snickers bar in the UK with a shareable size bar by 2005. King Size Snickers bars are still being sold in the US and they contain large amounts of fat, salt, sugar, as well as some other questionable ingredients.
Snickers bar ingredients:
Milk, chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, peanuts, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt and egg whites.
Besides the obvious dangers to people with dairy, nut or eggs allergies, there are some other hidden dangers among these ingredients.
- Sugar and corn sugar (high fructose corn syrup)
Rats fed with HFCS gained 300% more fat then those being fed (even slightly more amounts of) regular sugar or fruit sugar. It also fattens your heart with bad cholesterol, causing plaque buildup, leading to hypertension, heart disease and even stroke. Liver, gallbladder and kidney process HFCS. It is very destructive to the liver and can cause fatty liver. Scarring the liver diminishes its ability to process out toxins that will make you sick. HFCS is also very high in mercury levels. Exposure in young and growing children especially can result in irreversible brain and nervous system damage.
- Soybean oil/Soy lecithin
Soy is higher in phytoestrogen than any other food. Phytoestrogens are plant based estrogens that mimic the estrogen in our body. Consuming high amounts of phytoestrogen is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and low libido.
Soy is also the king of cell Goitrogens (thyroid suppressors).
Phytlates found in soy block mineral absorption. Also found in soy are Trypsin inhibitors, which inhibit the proper protein digestion. 93% of soy is genetically modified.
- Partially hydrogenated soybean oil
GMO soybean oil causes obesity, diabetes, fatty liver.
It’s an unnatural man made fat (from one of the most unhealthy oils – soybean oil) that causes cellular dysfunction. It can cause cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart diseases, bone degeneration, increased levels of “bad” cholesterol and decreased levels of “good” cholesterol, reduces immune function, creates reproductive problems and causes interference with our body’s ability to utilize omega-3 fats.
Snickers bar nutritional information:
Serving size: 2 oz
Calories from fat: 98
Cholesterol: 8 mg
Sodium: 130 mg
Carbohydrates: 37 gr
Sugar: 28 gr
2 oz size Snickers bar has almost the same amount of calories (more calories from fat) than a McDonalds Cheeseburger!