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Swedish Easter eggs contain slaughter waste

Swedish Easter eggs contain slaughter waste

Published: 17 Apr 2011 16:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Apr 2011 16:24 GMT+02:00

If gelatin from pigs and crushed insects does not sound appetizing to you, you may want to limit the amount of candy you eat this Easter.

There may be less than attractive ingredients hiding in your candy-packed Easter eggs, reports consumer advice newspaper Råd och Rön.

“Many people are afraid of the additives in food, but when it concerns candy it seems that we aren't at all worried,” Åsa Brugård Konde, nutritionist at the National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket), told consumer advice newspaper Råd och Rön.

“But when you think about what is inside candy, the ingredients are a much bigger problem than the additives, which are all tested and approved.”

Red raspberry boats and Ferrari cars get their color from dried bugs and other candy contains pig gelatin.

Swedes eat the most candy in the world – 17 kilos per person, per year, according to Råd och Rön. But during Easter, Swedes eat double that amount.

The loose candy that is most popular in Sweden contains around 300-350 kilo calories per hectogram. And Swedes are eating more than ever. It was in the 1980's, when pick-your-own candy was introduced, that Swedes started to consume more candy.

“Normally we say that the things people eat every once in a while doesn't have such a big impact, but if it's too much, like children who eat too much candy, it can be a problem,” said Brugård Konde.

Her advice is to buy the candy that you really like and enjoy it, instead of buying an enormous amount of candy.

She also says you do not have to worry that the pick-your-own candy is unhygienic. The dryness and amount of sugar makes it hard for bacteria or virus to thrive, she said.

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17:52 April 17, 2011 by StockholmSam
Nobody should have any problems with bugs in candy or other foods. Fact is, the Chinese eat massive amounts of big bugs on purpose, often considering them delicacies. Anyone worried that the world will see massive food shortages in the future need not worry; we have an abundance of protein-rich food in the insect world. In Holland, some very fancy chocolatiers are already offering chocolate covered bugs...and they are selling. Besides, if we are willing to eat the flesh stripped from cows and torn from the bones of rodents, why not bugs?
22:19 April 17, 2011 by superturbo
what's wrong with some pig fat or squished bugs? They're both natural ingredients....
00:16 April 18, 2011 by antimultikulti
E120 - carmine, crimson colour.

E441 - gelatine, emulsifier.

Shocking!
02:03 April 18, 2011 by RadioBob
This has been going on for generations. There is nothing surprising about it - except that still some people find it surprising. Read the labels. Then eat.
07:19 April 18, 2011 by Zeffanyx
Sounds like eating candies is the only way swedes celebrate Easter.
10:37 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Zeffanyx - "Sounds like eating candies is the only way swedes celebrate Easter."

Zeffanyx, we do not normally talk about the Easter FERTILITY ORGIES that involve most of the community and last nearly the whole day and night. Attracts too many righteous tourists who want to come and join in.

Eating the most candy in the WORLD?!?! And yet we have some of the skinniest people in Europe! WOW.

The West seems to be the only place on earth that does not eat insects. - Good to know it is hidden somewhere in our diet.
11:10 April 18, 2011 by Zeffanyx
Well, I just wonder, to what extent an Easter remains the Christian event in Sweden?
11:34 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Zeffanyx - "...what extent an Easter remains the Christian event in Sweden"

Sorry but the word "Christian" has so many different meanings and associations.

The first thing that you have to realize is that Sweden is a SPIRITUAL country and not a RELIGIOUS one. So trying to understand Sweden in RELIGIOUS contexts will not work very well.

That said, I see Sweden as celebrating it as a Christian event. Unfortunately I doubt many "christian?" religious groups would agree.
11:44 April 18, 2011 by Zeffanyx
Well, surely there are different religions in Sweden and there are many atheists, but we're tlaking about the given holiday. So strange to see it as a secular event.
12:42 April 18, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Wow, this news. Sweets are bad for you. Who'd a thought it.
14:31 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Zeffanyx - "...So strange to see it as a secular event."

Your comments seem to loose cohesiveness almost automaton based.

Easter is not seen as a secular event, it is seen as a SWEET event.

Now as far a holidays go in the Secular country of Sweden. MANY red days ("official" days off) are based on religious events. This works out really well in the Spring time because IMHO this is the best time of the year weather wise and we get a few extra days off because they occur when the weather is best.
15:01 April 18, 2011 by Syftfel
In the interest of Political Correctness and inclusion, I object to the term "Easter", which is clearly a Christian denominated Holiday. We must follow the example of O's White House where the traditional childrens' Easter Egg Hunt has bee renamed a "Spring Holiday where children search for treats contained in spherical objects". Anything less would be discriminaaaaaaaation. Call DO right now! Abolish "Easter"!
15:48 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Syftfel - "Political Correctness and inclusion, I object to the term "Easter", which is clearly a Christian denominated Holiday"

I remember reading a long time ago something about Easter not even being in the bible except as a passing reference to a pagan holiday.

It is a pagan holiday that was stolen by non-pagans (Jews, Christians). Shame on them!

I also object to how the Swastika was stolen by Hitler depriving the humanity of one of its oldest and most universal symbols.

To me - political correctness would be to educate people so that indeed Easter can be claimed and celebrated by ALL those religions that wish to claim it.

;-)
16:10 April 18, 2011 by Syftfel
@Damnimmigrant: Thank you. You just proved my point. Thanks again. And I'm just a simple dhimmiee. And I object to how the crescent moon was stolen by a certain life style to promote its primitive, dastardly, ends. And how the hammer and the ciccle was stolen by.... well, never mind, we could go on forever.
18:27 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Syftfel - "...I object to how the crescent moon was stolen by a certain life style to promote its primitive, dastardly, ends..."

YES! Excellent point! I want our crescent moon back tooooo!!!! (hammer and sickle are ancient symbols?)

I am the lucky bastard to get the glow in the dark crescent moon that used to belong to The Brain Forest!

So with all that candy being eaten in Sweden - How do the Swedes compare when it comes to TOOTH DECAY?
22:59 April 18, 2011 by Zhorka
@Damnimmigrant: Thanks for insightfull comments. With regard to teeth decay the Swedes fare excellently, probably a result of consuming a lot of cheese and other milk products which cancels the effect of eating candies. However, the TEETH ALIGNMENT is not that great among population at large.
12:34 April 19, 2011 by soultraveler3
Way too dramatic and misleading headline here to start with.

Why is this a news story??

They've been using stuff like gelatin and bugs in candy, makeup and other things for years.
12:00 April 20, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Thanks Zhorka, interesting idea about the cheese and milk counteracting the sweet tooth.

I just wanted to add to my previous RED DAY comment about how it is great we get these "christian holidays" in the Spring time by pointing out that this FRIDAY, April 22, is a National Holiday and this Monday, April 25th is another National holiday (second day Easter?).

Four days off thanks to some religious myth. I am not complaining.

Looks to be great weather too (I hope).
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