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Consumer NZ's Bad Taste Award Winners Announced
Consumer NZ's Bad Taste Food Awards winners revealed (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 458)
Nov 30, 2017 Style & Living
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Consumer NZ has announced this year's recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. The agency's awards are designed to highlight how some product lines are "full of sugar, yet carried claims designed to make them appeal to health-conscious consumers, such as "no artificial sweeteners," "natural" or "fat-free". But it's not just sugar that's the issue.


"The laws were designed to prevent companies misleading customers about their products- but food marketers have a variety of tricks up their sleeves to make us think their products are better choices. Our aim is to highlight these claims," Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said. 



The recipients of this year's Bad Taste Food Awards are
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Pump flavoured waters: "The Pump range of flavoured wasters boast they're 'low in sugar' but each bottle contains more than four teaspoons of sugar. 


Pamps Toasted Muesli and Countdown's Toasted Muesli: "The sugar content of these toasted mueslis has increased a whopping 44 and 20 percent respectively since Consumer NZ's 2012 investigation. "


Anchor Protein+: "Anchor Protein+ daily products claim their higher levels of protein give "kiwis the strength to tackle whatever life throws their way". But the truth is most of us are consuming more than enough protein. " 


Nice & Natural Fruit Snacks and Mother Earth Vege Fruit Sticks: "These snacks both claim to have "no artificial colours of flavour" but what they do contain is high levels of sugar, in various guises."


Oki-Doki Marshy-Mallows and Betta Mallow Bakes: "Nobody would expect there to be fat in any marshmallows, but both products are made up of more than 50 percent sugar," Chetwin said.


Lipton's Ice Tea: "The label on the bottle of Lipton's Peach Flavour Ice Tea states: "No preservatives, no artificial colours, no artificial sweeteners" but this liquid gold contains 26g of sugar. That's more than six teaspoons in each 500ml serve."


Sanitarium's Up&Go breakfast drinks: Up&Go drinks claim to offer "slow release energy" and "10 essential vitamins and minerals. " However, if you drank an entire 500ml bottle, you'll have consumed between 9 and 10 teaspoons of sugar.


Gourmet salts: Some manufacturers are keen to advertise their salts as containing iron, calcium or magnesium. But these claims should be taken with a grain of salt as these minerals are only present in trace amounts."


It highlights the need for consumers to read the small print and test these claims, but we think it should be really clear to consumer so they don't need to read through the hype, by showing the number of teaspoons of sugar in each product for example.

You can read Consumer NZ's full report on the Bad Taste Food Awards at consumer.org.nz and in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Consumer magazine.

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