Did you know many of your children’s favorite snacks contain additives made from petroleum-based products – additives that may lead to cancer? Below, we’ll tell you about the five most popular kid’s snacks containing petroleum-based additives!
In particular, many kids snacks are made more appealing by the use of artificial food coloring, which are frequently petroleum-based additives. Yellow 5 (tartrazine) and Red 40 are two of the most common.
Banned in the UK, American companies still use them freely, despite their links to serious health problems, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions – these dyes can be found in Fruit Loops, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, macaroni and cheese, popsicles, fruit roll-ups, and more.
Here are the five most popular kid’s snacks that include petroleum-based additives:
- POP TARTS
The most popular flavor of Pop Tarts, Frosted Strawberry, includes ingredients such as corn syrup, dextrose, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, all of which have been linked to sugar addiction, diabetes and liver problems in children. These toaster pastries also include TBHQ, a petroleum-based product that causes cellular dysfunction. In laboratory animals, it’s been linked to tumors, loss of vision, liver enlargement, convulsions, and paralysis.
- FRUIT SNACKS
The food color most often used in these “fruit” flavored snacks is Red 3 or erythrosine, a petroleum product which has been banned for use in cosmetics due to its connection with thyroid tumors. It is unsafe to use on your skin, but eating it is no problem? Avoid the gummy section!
These popular candies contain a lot more than chocolate, including Blue 1, which can trigger the development of malignant tumors, Blue 2, which can increase hyperactivity and has been linked to brain tumors, Red 40 which can damage DNA, and Yellow 5 and 6 which have been linked to cancer.
The artificial coloring in this snack is made from Yellow 6, which is derived from petroleum, as is the “cheese” flavoring, which includes methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenidate.
- TEDDY GRAHAMS
These tiny bears are laced with TBHQ, which has also been shown to cause stomach cancer in lab rats, fragment DNA and cause damage to the human lung and umbilical cells. In children, it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHD.
The continued use of these artificial dyes in food, especially in children’s snacks, poses unnecessary and dangerous health risks that can be avoided by being health conscious and keeping an eye out for artificial coloring in your food. Your children can still “taste the rainbow” — in the form of naturally colorful organic fruits and vegetables.