Fruit rubber & co. – you make us really happy?
It is well over 80 years old, only 2.2 inches tall, and is mainly made of glucose syrup, sugar, and gelatin. It is so popular that every German eats three kilos in a year – the speech is the bear from the rubber. The advertising promises: no more grease! Thick you make, nevertheless, the popular fruit gums. We reveal what’s in them and why you should also enjoy fat-free sweets only in moderation.
Fruit gum makes it thick
Sweets are popular with children as well as adults and occasionally nibbled in quite large quantities. Ice cream, cookies, chocolate, or snacks, they all contain just a little fat and sugar (carbohydrates). Their consumption is often associated with an increased risk for diet-related diseases such as obesity, Diabetes and tooth decay.
Fruit rubber products, including gummy bears, Wine gums and jelly fruits, include in contrast to other candies in that they contain virtually no fat, but mainly sugar. Some manufacturers advertise therefore, with Slogans that suggest that fruit rubber is suitable for losing weight, or this would make it easier.
On the other hand, it is often claimed that it is precisely the sugar, the thick make. Exactly so has the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR).
Ingredients of fruit jelly
Fruit gum consists mostly of glucose syrup and sugar and, in part, of Dextrose, modified starch and/or gelatin, and acidifier. The energy content of fruit gum, depending on the ingredients between 300 and 400 calories per 100 grams. A bag (300 grams) contains the equivalent of 78 pieces of sugar cubes.
The BfR is of the opinion that it is not the amount of fat, protein and carbohydrates is essential for the risk of weight gain, but the overall energy balance. “Who hardly moves, consumes little energy and with high energy intake quickly in a positive energy balance.” In clear text: If one feeds his body through food more energy than it can consume you.
Thus, the BfR sees no special risk for gum, because fruit gums have similar high levels of Energy as other confectionery products. The risk, unlimited Snacking of fruit gum to gain weight, is therefore the same as in the case of other sweets, too. The BfR pointed out, however, that imprints like “no fat“ advertising are unnecessary and consumers are misled.
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