My friend Andrew wrote to Hershey to complain about the ingredients high-fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated fats, in their high-end Brookside chocolate products. It’s astonishing that, in their response, they don’t address his actual concerns about the effects on the public health. They defend themselves by saying that corn syrup is easy and has a long shelf life, and hydrogenated fats, sure, they’re fake–but they make products last longer.
And finally they state their agenda: to make products people like. This kind of red-herring argument, ignoring what harms our health, is why I advocate for maximizing raw, organic plant foods in the diet, and eliminating processed junk made by big food conglomerates. You’re always better off! Check out what Hershey told Andrew:
Thank you for sharing your comments about our BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters Berry Medley Flavors. We are pleased to hear how much you enjoy our BROOKSIDE products but are so sorry to learn of your disappointment with the use of some of our ingredients.
As you may know high fructose corn syrup is a liquid sweetener with a sweetness level similar to table sugar. High Fructose Corn Syrup has many functions that help improve qualities of food and beverages. In addition to enhancing the flavor of foods and beverages, high fructose corn syrup also provides shelf stability, promotes browning in baked goods, improves texture, and helps protect and preserve food longer. High fructose corn syrup is commonly used in place of table sugar because of ease of use in product applications and cost effectiveness.
Additionally, partially hydrogenated oil has had some of their double bonds replaced with hydrogen to obtain a more solid fat that is not as susceptible to spoiling.
As always, our goal is to develop products with widespread consumer appeal. While we are sorry to learn of your disappointment, please know that we value your comments. You can be certain we will take them into consideration during future planning.
We hope you have a sweet day.