Both fructose and high-fructose corn syrup are made from corn starch, but regular corn syrup is 100 percent glucose, while high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has had some of its glucose converted to fructose enzymatically. Scientists are examining the potentially negative effects of consuming large amounts of fructose in the form of HFCS, but regular corn syrup is not part of that consideration, as it does not contain fructose.
We are proud to present our new lower sugar gelatin-free candy formula, developed by our world-leading candy scientists to make the healthiest candy possible, after researching many different kinds and combinations of sweeteners. We are sharing this research with you below, so you will understand why we decided to stay with organic natural beet sugar as our principal sweetener. Sugar in its natural form will always remain a favorite of children and is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in all that we eat. It is the natural fuel the body runs on.
Our formula contains no gelatin, no animal products, no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, no sugar alcohols, and is made with low Organic beet sugar.
We care about what we eat. So based upon our research with our scientists and consultants we chose natural organic beet sugar, fruit-based pectin, and natural potato starch as our main ingredients to provide natural sweetness and a source of energy for your body. Please choose your sweets wisely.
The Truth About Sugar Alternatives
Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup
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There are some health concerns surrounding the stevia plant. Stevia may cause low blood pressure, which would be of concern to some taking blood pressure medications, as well as digestive problems. There is also continuing research going into certain chemicals naturally occurring in stevia that may cause genetic mutations and cancer. Many stevia-based sweeteners are less than 5% stevia plant, with the largest percentage being other chemical sweeteners, which is why stevia is classified by many as an inflammatory processed food that kills beneficial probiotic bacteria, causes bloating, and leads to weight retention.
Pectin vs. Gelatin
Parents concerned with their children's intake of sugar are sometimes misled by promises of reduced sugars in foods and candies. However, sugar alcohols can not only cause problems in the digestive system, but they may also predispose children to obesity later in life. Some of these are erythritol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol.
We chose soft-setting fruit-based pectin for our candy, instead of hard-setting gelatin, made from the boiling the bones and hides of animals. Even though gelatin provides sharper details in the mold shapes, we wanted to keep our products pure and free of animal products.