It turns out that the yellow liquid mined from the earth to produce motor oil and gasoline (petroleum) is also refined and being used in many food items stocked in your local grocery store. Many of them happen to be your kid’s favorite snacks and honestly – they should not be eating any of them because of potential health risks.
The FDA isn’t currently concerned with petroleum being used in foods in America, but in other countries – these foods are being taken off shelves and outlawed because of the health concerns.
In recent studies, artificial food dyes have caused the following effects:
- Allergic reactions
- Organ damage
- Chromosomal damage
- Birth defects
Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40 account for about 90% of the dyes used in foods and even some fresh oranges are dipped in coloring to brighten them up.
As you can see, most of the food dyes are no where near “good” for any one of us to be consuming. Here is a list of the snack foods your children should be staying away from:
1. Fruit Snacks
These are jam packed with food coloring and mostly Red 3, which has been banned from being used in cosmetic products because it causes thyroid tumors.
2. Pop Tarts
These have large amounts of high fructose corn syrup, sugar and dextrose and they have been linked to childhood obesity. They contain TBHQ, a petroleum product which causes cellular dysfunction and damages human DNA. It also causes tumors, vision loss, liver enlargement, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals.
They contain yellow 6 and other harmful and toxic substances. Not to mention, the “Flaming Hot” Cheetos are linked to gastritis and are actually said to be addictive to children and adults.
4. Teddy Grahams
These cute, little snacks are laced with TBHQ (the same stuff mentioned above found inside of Pop Tarts), connected to vomiting, delirium, anxiety and stomach cancer.
M&Ms contain all three of the worst color dyes mentioned and also contain blue 2, reported to cause brain and bladder tumors. It also contains blue 1, which blocks the growth of nerve cells.
Thankfully, you can find healthier alternatives to your kid’s favorite snacks by looking at organic and all-natural replacements, which you can either buy at the store or make them on your own.
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