Friday, April 1, 2011

sour patch kids linked to weight loss

I've been enjoying sour patch kids since I was in first grade, I practically ate them every day through high school. Who would have thought that my six year old self  was way ahead of what appears to be the next emerging diet fad: The Sour Patch Breakfast.

A recent study created by a food sciences and nutrition grad student at UC Davis tracked a group of participants who ate half a bag of sour patch kids for breakfast every day. Over a 3 month period they lost on average 30 pounds more than the control group. Needless to say these findings surprised the study participants and the nutrition community. After all it seems counter intuitive that sugar coated in sour sugar would do anything but pack the pounds on.

Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A proper breakfast will kick start your metabolism in the morning and begin burning calories, if you miss breakfast your body will think you are starving and will go into survival mode. Several diet plans have built on this idea including the '4-Hour Body' which suggests people eat 30 grams of protein in the morning. 30 grams of protein is a tough meal to swallow before heading off to work, so the study sought to replace the protein with the highest concentration of sugar possible. Sour patch kid's high levels of sugar, in the form of corn syrup, kicked the participant's metabolisms into overdrive burning astonishing amounts of calories in the hours leading up to lunch.

There is another theory that has emerged from the UC Davis study. Researchers at other universities believe that the high amounts of tartaric acid found in sour patch kid's sour coating bind with semi digested molecules from the red #40 dye in red sour patch kids. They believe this string of molecules enters the blood stream and binds to the chemical receptors in your brain that perceive hunger, temporarily fooling your body that it is not hungry. This theory has not been proven but prelimanary evidence is enough to get the nutrition community very excited.

So next time you go to make breakfast, don't reach for a banana, cereal, eggs or yogurt. Instead open up a bag of sour patch kids, your waistline will thank you.


Due to the fact that this post has been referenced by a legitimate media source , the lawyers at That’s What She Fed have suggested that I notify readers that this was an April Fools post as evident by the posting date and the comment stating that it was an April Fools joke. Although sour patch kids are a delicious snack and UC Davis is one of our nation’s top universities, there is no correlation between sour patch kids and weight loss as the facts contained in this post were a figment of my imagination. I promise next year’s April Fools post will be less believable.

Until then,


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