We found it at a health food store. “Resveratrox Age Defying Soft Chews” it said, “Powered by Resveratrol from Red Wine Grape Skin.” It went on to claim that each chew (a square of soft candy) contained as much resveratrol as 10 bottles of wine.
Cool. All the resveratrol, none of the buzz. Or, as the back of the package claimed, “All the benefits of Red Wine without the alcohol!!!!“
We picked up a packet.Perhaps the excess of exclamation points should have made us cautious.
A careful read of the ingredients list was puzzling. It made no mention of red wine or grape skins. Instead, it listed:
1. Corn syrup (a sweetener, basically sugar)
2. Sugar (!)
3. Evaporated apple flakes (whatever those might be)
4. Palm oil or palm kernel oil (not exactly a health food!)
5. Color added (mysterious…)
6. Natural flavors (also mysterious)
7. Citric Acid (the sourness found in things like lemon juice)
8. Mono & diglycerides (fats/ emulsifiers)
9. Lecithin (also an emulsifier)
11. Sucralose (the ingredient of Splenda, the artificial sweetener)
So apparently the only thing this chew contained was dried apples crushed with palm-oil and emulsifiers, sweeteners, and preservatives.