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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:37 PM

When did PANDA LICORICE become HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP laden?

My kids brought me home Panda Raspberry Licorice that is made in Finland.

On the front of the bag "Panda Traditional Soft Raspberry Licorice - no artificial flavors or preservatives".

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I opened it, ate the first one and turned it over to read the ingredients because it was like I was eating a pillar of sugar.

Sure enough... the first ingredient was HFCS.

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I don't recall the traditional Panda Licorice from the 1970's and 1980's having HFCS as the main ingredient.

Most times, you could only find it in a Health Food Store. I doubt that's the case now!


The question to as now is: Was the HFCS & Wheat Flour that Panda uses derived from GMO grains?

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:47 PM

1. This is a 'new line' for wider markets, they say. The original, Panda All Natural Soft Liquorice

retains the original ingredients without HFCS. They suck for making the second line if you ask me.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:54 PM

2. Wider as in 'Heavier Consumers After Eating Their Product'? eom

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:56 PM

3. It was better when they used real panda, IMO

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:57 PM

4. Might be able to find something here

http://www.bulkcandystore.com/

They have several hard to find and kosher candies. It's right down the street from me

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:07 PM

5. Many of those candies are made in China and only subject to ASTM 963 and Lead tests.

I'd like to see the actual ingredients and the facilities where they are made at.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:38 PM

6. Does it even have licorice?

Does it even have licorice in it? I ask, because apparently virtually no licorice made and sold in the US has any licorice in it.

I know you said yours was made in Finland, but I don't remember every encountering any HFCS anywhere in Europe...

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:54 PM

7. That's what's weird. I thought HFCS was shunned over there.

Since it's not black licorice, there isn't any. Just some fruit puree.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:58 PM

8. I was surprised to see a large numbers of cereals are made with that crap.

 

It's sad, really. I just want to eat something for breakfast not laced in artificial sugar.

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Response to Apophis (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:03 PM

9. It's not any less natural than any other refined sugar

Just sayin'

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:31 AM

10. Derived from Natural Sources... GMO Enzyme Modified.

http://www.stonyfield.com/healthy-people/health-tips-advice/high-fructose-corn-syrup

"HFCS is an inexpensive sweetener made from genetically-modified corn. Its enzymatically processed from cornstarch into a liquid sweetener. One or two of the enzymes are also genetically engineered. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides no definition of what the word "natural" means and does not regulate its use on labels.

Still, its hard to think of HFCS as natural after its complex processing. There is also no organic HFCS available, because organic standards prohibit genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup

"Although both types of amylase are naturally produced by many animals (including humans), the most common method of commercial production is microbial fermentation. Xylose isomerase is not native to animals; and in standard glycolysis the glucose molecules are isomerized only after phosphorylation by glucose-6-phosphate isomerase yielding fructose 6-phosphate. Fructose molecules are phosphorylated by fructokinase and enter the glycolytic pathway at this point.

While inexpensive alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry and used only once, the more costly xylose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it, allowing it to be used repeatedly until it loses its activity. This 4243% fructose glucose mixture is then subjected to a liquid chromatography step, where the fructose is enriched to about 90%. The 90% fructose is then back-blended with 42% fructose to achieve a 55% fructose final product. Most manufacturers use carbon adsorption for impurity removal. Numerous filtration, ion-exchange and evaporation steps are also part of the overall process."


"In 2009, a study by Leblanc et al. found that at temperatures above 45 C (113 F) HFCS rapidly forms hydroxymethylfurfural, which is toxic to the honey bees being fed HFCS. In 2012, a study by Chensheng Lu et al. found symptoms of colony collapse disorder (CCD) in beehives fed HFCS that the researchers laced with levels of a pesticide hypothesized to have been present in HFCS feed back in 2006."

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:04 AM

11. They also use DHMO in their processing

Very scary stuff.

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

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