Halloween is known for ghosts, scary costumes and of course, lots and lots of candy. Costumes might be scary, but what should really scare us, is what is in our children's candy basket. Regardless of the time of year, we should always be proactive in knowing what we are putting in our bodies- especially our kids. Halloween is a good time to remind us what's in the food and drink we consume.
Over 80% of food today contains GMOs. And in those food-like products are toxic ingredients. One of which are food dyes. These dyes are banned in Europe and many other countries. Sadly, the U.S. still allows them.
Center For Science In The Public Interest (CSPI) just released an in-depth report on these disease-promoting food dyes. Blue 1, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 6, Yellow 5 can be found in a variety of products, including Skittles, Starburst, Twizzlers, gummy bears and Sour Patch Kids.
Food coloring dyes are derived from petroleum, coal tar and some from aluminum, calcium, barium potassium, strontium, or zirconium.
The health consequences from food dyes are cancer, tumors of all kinds, hyperactivity, and allergies. Many diseases have been linked back to food dyes (why many countries have banned them outright).
In addition to containing these “death dyes” as I call them, the sugar content is off the charts. Skittles contains 43g of sugar per serving, Starburst 22g per 8 pieces, Gummy Bears 21g per 17 pieces and 28g of sugar in Cherry Pull ‘N Peel Twizzlers for 2 pieces. Sugar is just as addictive as drugs.
Other unhealthy ingredients in candies include hydrogenated palm kernel oil (linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity), artificial flavors which can contain MSG.
For the first time ever, the next generation (our kids) are not predicted to out-live their parents. This is due to our toxic and genetically modified food system. My plea to you is to make wise healthy, choices. Buy real food that can give you life. Hint: buy food that perishes quickly. Preservatives aren’t your friend.
You may be wondering how to have a good time at Halloween and what you’ll give out. Here are a few ideas. Pirates Booty (available in mini bags), Annie’s Homegrown Snacks (also individual bags), Cliff KidZ Bar (they even have Halloween packaging!) or Udi’s Granola Bars (individually wrapped). There is always a healthy choice for you! What will you be giving out this year? Will you say no to harmful ingredients? I hope so!
Photo credit: Ben
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