Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mars says not to deep-fry its candy bars, or you’ll lose the health-enhancing goodness they normally supply

Aw, shucks! This could have been part of a healthy breakfast!

Get this: There’s a pub in the UK that claims that it invented the deep-fried Mars bar, and it now wants geographic recognition for it, kind of like DOC for Italian wines or AOC for French wines. They even applied to whatever official body it is that decides  the authentic provenance of products made over there in Euro-land.

But that’s not the good part. The kicker is the Mars company’s response when they heard about it:

“Should an application be filed, unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to support it as deep-frying one of our products would go against our commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles.”

They really said that.

This from

One Mars bar contains 9.9 g of fat, and about half of this exists in the form of saturated fat. Excessive amounts of fat, especially saturated fat, can result in cardiovascular disease and should be limited to about 30 percent of your total calories. The best sources of fat are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can actually reduce your cardiovascular risk. Fish and nuts are high in these types of fat.

On the upside, a Mars bar does have 1/40 of the protein you need in a day, so if you ate 20 of them, you could wash it down with a few glasses of milk and you’d be in fat city, at least protein-wise.

Well, actually you’d be in fat city clothing-wise as well, because about 7 bars would meet all your caloric requirements for the day.

I suppose it’s time to hit the gym for another 10 hours.