Mars Inc., the American candy giant responsible for some of the world’s most popular candies, may soon be pulling M&Ms from your favorite sugary treats. A recent story published by Reuters says Mars has been mulling over the possibility of removing M&Ms from products like the McDonald’s McFlurry and Dairy Queen Blizzard as a health-conscious move.
Mars made a public promise to reduce the amount of sugar in their candies to better coincide with guidelines from health officials at places like the World Health Organization. A lot of the public doesn’t realize that M&Ms contain about 7.5 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
All that sugar added to already super sweet treats like McFlurries and Blizzards can lead to serious health issues over time.
Though it sounds a little odd that a candy company responsible for Twix, Snickers, Milky Way and other hugely popular candy bars is conscientious about the amount of sugar Americans are consuming, Mars has led the charge in regulating its own products recently.
For instance, they were the first company to list calories and sugar prominently on the front of their candies in 2008. Then, in 2013, they stopped selling “King Size” products and limited their servings to 250 calories.
It can’t hurt in the eyes of the public that Mars wants people to know exactly what they’re getting when they bite into a gooey chocolate treat. Much like beer companies, Mars urges folks to enjoy its candy in moderation. Unlike beer companies, they chose to address the issues associated with their products — increasing sugar intake, diabetes and obesity — without being legally required to.
It also doesn’t seem to be hurting their bottom line, as Mars still sells $25 billion worth of candy every year.