Who doesn’t love M&M? It might be one of the sweetest guilty pleasure everyone love to take, especially during holiday season. Those “melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hand” chocolates are just perfect to accompany you on your vacation.
Unfortunately, it seems like you have to stop taking another M&M because actually there are so many reasons to avoid those chocolates which outnumber the reason to consume them.
First, let us see a few fact about the popular M&M:
– They were created in 1941. – They were created in order soldiers to be able to carry chocolate without it melting. – The two “M’s” are forForrest E. Mars, Sr. and William F.R. Murrie, the son of Hershey chocolate’s president. – Their partnership allowed Mars to use Hershey in their products. – Yes, and Hershey had control of chocolate at the time.
– The M&M’s are now sold in over 100 countries with 33 different fillings.
Harmful Ingredients Discovered in Candy
Here’s what you need to know – back in 1976, Red candies were banned due to people’s concern about the questionable dyes. FD&C Red #2was suspected to be a carcinogen. Red candies were then reintroduced in 1983. However, Mars is still urged by consumers to remove these dangerous artificial colors. The expert also say that these artificial colors have been referred to as “neurotoxic chemicals” by a Change.org petition as well as a press release from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Note: you should also know that the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese experienced a similar petition urging them to remove dangerous Yellow #5and Yellow #6, which was supported by 350,000 signatures! The CSPI has recommended that warning labels listing the risks of the eight approved FD&C food colors should be a requirement for all products containing these dangerous ingredients.
The CSPI’s Dr. Jacobson said:
“The evidence that these petrochemicals worsen some children’s behavior is convincing. And, I really hope that the committee will advise the agency to both require warning notices and encourage companies voluntarily to switch to safer natural colorings.”
Furthermore, the bag of the Original M&M’s lists the following ingredients:
Milk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, milkfat, lactose, soy lecithin, salt, artificial color), sugar, corn starch, >1% corn syrup, dextrin, artificial colors (Blue 1 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2),gum acacia.
Let us now see the harmful effects they can cause:
Ingredient Harm It Causes You
Soy lecithin 93% of soy is genetically modified It can cause breast cancer It also has negative effects on fertility and reproduction
This may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities
Blue #1 It produces malignant tumors at the site of injection and by ingestion in rats Possible effects include: hay fever, low blood pressure, hives, asthma, allergic reaction
Caution is advised if aspirin sensitive
Red #40 It can damage your DNA Causes swelling around the mouth Hives Hyperactivity in children
Yellow #6 Can cause cancer Hyperactivity Allergic reaction Diarrhea Vomiting Nettle rash Migraines
Swelling of the skin
Yellow #5 Can cause allergic reactions Hyperactivity
Blue #2 Petroleum based product Increases hyperactivity in children Increases brain tumors in lab rats
Increases other abnormal cell development
Gum Acacia Dietary fiber from the Acacia tree
Causes gas, nausea, loose stool and bloating
Unfortunately, the Mars company has not quit their use of these artificial colors. What’s more, they were even declared to be safe for human consumption by the FDA, while scientific research provided evidence that they are not. Yet, do not forget the fact that there are absolutely safe and natural alternatives available!
Forbes reported the Mars company had income of $27.4 million dollars, which means that it is time for the Mars company to use that money to make positives changes to their products that will make them safer to eat! Until that day comes… it’s best you give up these dangerous and questionable little chocolates.
And, unfortunately, M&M’s are not an option any longer! So, here is what you can eat instead when you need a chocolate-y fix:
Dark Chocolate: Try the following “clean” chocolate bars:
Equal Exchange: 100% organic and fair trade
Sweet riot: Fair trade and non-GMO ingredients
Good Cacao: Supplement-enhanced chocolate bars