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Life Savers Gummies Nutrition

by
author image Kathryn Vera
Kathryn Vera holds a master's degree in exercise physiology, as well as licensure as a Registered Dietitian. Currently, she works as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation, where she provides care to patients living with chronic heart disease.
Life Savers Gummies Nutrition
A packet of 5 Flavor Life Savers. Photo Credit Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Developed in 1912, Life Savers have been around for over 100 years. Over the past century, there have been a number of variations on the original Life Savers -- including the development of Life Savers Gummies. Keeping the serving size in check can be an effective way to limit your intake of sugar and corn syrup. Make Life Savers Gummies a treat -- not an everyday snack -- to stimulate your taste buds while maintaining good health.

Serving Size

To understand Life Savers Gummies nutrition, identifying the recommended serving size for this candy is key. According to Wrigley, there are 10 to 11 candies in one serving of Life Savers Gummies, depending on the flavor. The flavors consist of Collisions, Mix-O-Reds Sours, Coolers, 5 Flavors, Assorted Sours and Wild Berries. Individuals who eat more -- or less -- than 10 or 11 Gummies at one time should adjust the corresponding nutritional profile accordingly.

Calories, Carbohydrates and Protein

Wrigley reports that there are about 130 calories in one serving of Life Savers Gummies, the majority of which come from carbohydrate sources. In fact, Life Savers Gummies contain between 30 and 32 grams of carbohydrates and 24 to 26 grams of sugar in a single serving. And while carbohydrates are an important component of a healthy diet, the simple carbohydrates found in Life Savers Gummies do not contribute to a balanced diet. Depending on the specific flavor, Life Savers Gummies also offer 1 to 2 grams of protein in a single serving of the candy.

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Food Dyes

As with many other candies, the bright coloring associated with Life Savers Gummies increases their visual appeal. Unfortunately, this coloration does not occur naturally -- instead, it is the result of the use of a number of chemical food colorants. Wrigley lists Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1 as ingredients used in the production of Life Savers Gummies.

Health Considerations

While Life Savers Gummies can provide a tasty treat, they do pose a health risk for individuals with certain chronic conditions. Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes should avoid Life Savers Gummies due to their high carbohydrate content. The high sugar concentration in Life Savers Gummies means that this candy may also contribute to the development of dental cavities, especially in those have weak tooth enamel.

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