Hershey, Heinz, and Capri Sun are just three of the many major food producers that are making efforts to rid their products of icky, bad-for-you ingredients. Some of the most common, toxic additives that have gotten the boot include high fructose corn syrup (a man-made sweetener), partially hydrogenated oil (a man-made fat that’s a major artery clogger), and Red 40 (a coloring agent that causes tumors in mice). Yoplait kicked off the clean eating trend three years ago when they removed HFCS from their yogurt, and now even more products that we’ve previously coined “bad” have reformulated their recipes. Though there are tons of new and improved options on supermarket shelves, the three below really caught our eye. Read on to see if they’re now worthy of being a part of your weight loss diet plan.
Hershey Chocolate Syrup
Everyone's favorite milk mix-in is clearly vying to improve its reputation. This once additive-filled condiment has transformed itself into a syrup that’s comprised solely of five, real ingredients. Cocoa, water, natural flavor from vanilla beans, cane sugar, and organic invert cane syrup have replaced faulty ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, and polysorbate 60, to name but a few of the eleven. While we give Hershey major props for cleaning up their act, at the end of the day, we’re still talking about chocolate syrup, which is essentially just glorified sugary gunk. To keep calories and sugar in check, go easy on the drizzle—especially if you’re putting this on top of something that’s already caloric like ice cream. One tablespoon packs 45 calories and 11 grams of sugar, which is more than a third of the day’s recommended intake. For even more insight into healthier options in your grocery store, be sure to check out these 50 Best Ever Supermarket Shopping Tips!
Just in time for the summer heat, there’s a new juice box in town! The Kraft Heinz Company has recently added Capri Sun Organics to its list of grab-n-go beverages. Available in Fruit Punch, Tropical Punch, apple and, grape flavors, this natural juice offers kids the same taste of the original Capri Sun minus the artificial ingredients. The high fructose corn syrup found in conventional pouches, for example, has been replaced with actual sugar. And speaking of the sweet stuff, the new drink contains 35 percent less of the stuff than the other leading juice drinks. One pouch serves up 70 calories and 15 grams of sugar, which isn’t too shabby for a drink that contains one whole serving of fruit! (For some comparison, a small box of apple-flavored Juicy Juice has 100 calories and 22 grams of sugar.) Though this new and improved drink gets our stamp of approval, juice shouldn’t be junior’s primary beverage. Beverages like milk and water should also make a regular appearance in his diet.
Heinz BBQ Sauce
The company that’s been producing one of the nation’s top-selling ketchups since 1876 has just added five new barbecue sauce flavors to their line-up—all of which are made with 100 percent natural spices and flavors. Just one serving, though, has 70 calories and 16 grams of sugar, so you’ll still want to use it in moderation if you’re trying to stay on track with your goal to lose 10 pounds by the end of summer.