Nestlé Is Cutting Sugar In Its Products By 40 Percent, Thanks to a Scientific Breakthrough

The war on sugar continues

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If you've always shared your KitKat ("gimme a break, gimme a break..." you know how it goes), the latest news might make you consider keeping it all to yourself.

Nestlé-the Swiss chocolatier that makes all your favorite candy treats, like Butterfinger, KitKat, and Crunch-says that its scientists have made a new scientific breakthrough that'll allow them to slash the sugar in certain products by a whopping 40 percent. (Because, in case you didn't know, sugar might just be a toxic substance.)

That means a typical "four-finger" KitKat could go from 22g of sugar to about 13g of sugar-a big deal when you consider the fact that you're only supposed to have about 50g a day, as recommended by the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines.

But how exactly are they going to cut all that sugar and still serve up candy that is deliciously sweet? The scientists found a way to restructure the sugar to dissolve faster, so even when much less is used in the chocolate, your tongue perceives it as sweet as before, according to a press release on Nestlé's site. If you're skeptical of this confectionery wizardry, don't worry too much; Nestlé says that they used only natural ingredients and the candy still has a naturally sweet taste (but, obv, we'll have to wait to see for ourselves).

This will accelerate the company's public pledge to decrease the amount of sugar in their products-an initiative they launched back in 2007. We know-it's crazy to think a candy company is down with ditching the stuff that their consumers are addicted to, but this comes at a time when we're becoming much wiser about what sugar is doing to our bodies. (Did you hear about the recently uncovered sugar industry scam that misshaped nutritional knowledge for the last 30 years?!)

The downside: Nestlé is still patenting its findings, so this reduced-sugar candy won't be available until 2018. (Luckily, they aren't the only ones making changes; Mars Inc., maker of M&M's, is also joining the war on sugar.) So for now, keep breaking off a piece of that KitKat bar-and wait until the new rollout to nom the whole thing.

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