In November 2012 Patsy Kensit was revealed as a new promoter of WeightWatchers®. In the January 8th issue of OK magazine we learned that Patsy used to eat chocolate and now eats WeightWatchers® Rich Toffee Bars.
If Patsy had previously eaten what I call chocolate – 85% or 90% cocoa content sumptuous dark chocolate – she would have been enjoying the health benefits of cocoa powder – rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. She was probably eating what I call confectionery. Here are the ingredients for Cadbury Dairy Milk: Milk; Sugar; Cocoa butter; Cocoa mass; Vegetable fat; Emulsifiers (E442, E476); Flavourings.
I’ve seen worse products than that. Talking of which…
This is what Patsy has switched to…
And so, instead of eating mostly cocoa or mostly milk, sugar and cocoa, Patsy is eating the following concoction…
Number one ingredient “Bulking agent” otherwise known as polydextrose – poly meaning many and dextrose meaning sugars. The technical description of polydextrose is an indigestible synthetic polymer of glucose. Nice!
Then we have more sugar – listed as sugar, more sugar, more sugar, sweetened condensed milk, invert sugar syrup and honey.
We have things that break down into sugars – listed as cereals, rice flour, wheat flour, malted barley flour.
While polydextrose is an indigestible synthetic polymer of glucose, we have whey powder, which is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production. We also have humectant – a hygroscopic substance used to help a product retain water. That polyfiller, sorry polydextrose, probably needs a bit of flushing through.
We have soy(a) derivatives – Patsy’s had all the children she wants yes?! Google soy(a) and fertility and decide for yourself if you think consuming a form of oestrogen is a good idea (think “The Pill”). Soy(a) is promoted as helpful with the menopause for the oestrogen it provides. I have seen no evidence for this, but the PR department can’t have it both ways – it can’t be good for both the menopause and conception.
And finally mono and di glycerides of fatty acids.
My mouth is watering!
Come on Patsy – you’re a bright girl – be a role model for real food, not the ultimate makers of fake food in the name of diets.