Nestle Reformulates Nesquik amid growing Health Concerns

Published By : 13 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Swiss food company Nestle SA said on Monday that it is reducing the sugar added in its Nesquik products of flavoured milk powder. This is one of the many moves made by the food company in recent times, seeking to reduce the content of salt and sugar in its products. The move comes after the public expressed health concerns regarding its offerings.

The reformulated Nesquik products will be released by the end of this month. The chocolate version will see a 15 per cent reduction in sugar content, which means that for every two tablespoons of Nesquik powder, there will be 10.6 grams of sugar. The strawberry version of the Nesquik powder will see a cut by 27 per cent. Both these products will also be absent of any artificial flavors or colors. 

Even the ready to drink Nesquik beverages will contain 10.6 grams of added sugar in every 8 ounce serving. However, the total sugar content in these drinks will be 22 grams owing to the presence of lactose, which is a naturally occurring sugar. Added sugar refers to those syrups and sugars that are added to foods while they are being prepared or processed. Added sugars differ from naturally occurring sugars such as lactose. 

However, despite these measures taken by Nestle just like those taken up by food giants such as General Mills Inc., nutrition concerns by health advocates have failed to be addressed.

Michael Jacobson, who is the executive director of a consumer advocacy group called the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said on Monday that even though the measures taken by Nestle were appreciated and commendable, it was not a major victory in matters of nutrition. 
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