Sweet treats featuring M&M’s like McDonald’s McFlurry and Dairy Queen’s Blizzard have more sugar in a single serving than a person should eat for the whole day, according to U.S. govt. guidelines. M&M’s manufacturer Mars has reportedly had talks with partners about removing the candies from their desserts. Guidelines recommend no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar a day in a 2,000 calorie diet. Removing the M&M’s from a large McFlurry would save 7.5 teaspoons of sugar, about a third of the total calories.
As candy companies go, Mars tends to lean towards the side of healthier choices. In 2008 they were the first candy company to list calories and sugar on the front of their products. Three years ago, Mars stopped production of king-sized candy bars, and limited their candy packages sizes with 250 calories per serving. Earlier this year, Mars advised customers to be aware of high levels of salt, sugar and fat in their Dolmio pasta sauces and macarani and cheese, and limit them no more than once a week.
Note that this is based on American food guidelines; there’s no word yet on whether this change, if it happens, would affect Canada as well. The World Health Organization recommends sugar intake of even less; five teaspoons per day.