Nestlé will never be deemed 'healthy' according to international health standards

Nestlé will never be deemed 'healthy' according to international health standards

Nestlé will never meet the standards of being fully 'healthy', they reveal after releasing their internal presentation in the Financial Times. 

Nestlé will never be deemed 'healthy' according to international health standards

Are you a fan of the Nestlé brand? Well, recent research has revealed that a large portion of Nestlé's foods and drinks do not fall into the 'recognised definition of healthy'. 

Surprised? It's not alarming that a brand that hosts many chocolates and sweets is branded as unhealthy, is it? Well, let's find out more...

According to Business Insider, "Just 37% of Nestlé's consumer food and beverage products meet international health standards." This means that over 60% of the brand's food and beverage products don't meet the international standard of being 'healthy'.

But where does the definition of what it means to be "healthy" stem from? 

"The definition of "healthy" comes from the Australian health star rating system, which scores products on a five-star scale and is used by international researchers including the Access to Nutrition Foundation. A product must score at least 3.5 stars to be considered healthy." 

Nestlé has made an attempt to make changes or improvements to their product portfolio but it is still nowhere near the external standards of being "healthy".

The presentation that the company put together for the financial times, highlighted some of the most unhealthy foods and products that the brand owns. Some of which include, "a serving of Hot Pockets pepperoni pizza packs a whopping 48 percent of the daily sodium allowance...Nesquik's strawberry-flavored milk powder with 14g of sugar in a 14g serving." 

The blatant truth is that being a healthy product is not part of the scope when it comes to a brand like Nestlé. Their objective is to make a return on their investment and that means selling products that have a high level of salt and sugar. 

"They are going to sell products that reach a mass audience and are bought by as many people as possible, that people want to buy, and that's junk food," says Professor Marion Nestle, a researcher of nutritional science at the Cornell University. 

So that's the news there. If you are looking for healthy products, then Nestlé isn't the brand we migrate to, but the reality is that the majority of us still love a good chocolate.

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