Companies usually use the T.V., radio, internet, toys, clothing, magazines, video games, and movies to market their products directly to children and to influence children’s food choice. They spend about $10 billion a year on marketing food to children to ensure that the child will pick that particular food. Moreover, the products that are constantly marketed are usually packed in a box with a movie character or they are in a shape of a certain animal; but the truth is that the majority of these foods are full of sugar and with artificial preservatives. They are of poor nutritional quality and can potentially endanger children’s health. But how exactly the ingredients in these foods affect our health?
Moreover, a good number of these snacks have artificial colourings that are quite attractive to children. However, behind this funny side of the snack, lies Red 40 and yellow 5 (tartrazine), which are the commonly used dyes.
They are used to enhance products like Fruit Loops, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, macaroni and cheese, popsicles, fruit roll-ups, and Nutri-Grain cereal bars.
The two are made from petroleum, and have been linked to severe health complications, like cancer, allergies, and hyperactivity. In fact, they’re among the 6 outlawed colorings in the UK. Nonetheless, they’re still freely used in the U.S.
Actually, U.S. manufacturers add around 15 million pounds of 8 different synthetic dyes into our foods annually. Even though the FDA is aware of the detrimental effects of these dyes, it has done nothing to ban them and eliminate the, from our food.
Furthermore, the following 5 popular snacks for our children are extremely harmful and consist of petroleum- based ingredients:
The best Pop Tarts flavor, Frosted Strawberry, contains sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup, all of which have been found to lead to liver issues, diabetes, and sugar addiction in children.
Moreover, they contain TBHQ, a petroleum-based product that leads to cellular dysfunction, and has been associated with vision loss, paralysis, tumors, liver enlargement, and convulsions in lab tests.
Therefore, the prolonged use of these harmful artificial food colorings, especially in children’s snacks, seriously endangers the health and increases the risk of severe diseases.
Hence, you need to be cautious and make sure your children avoid snacks with such dyes. Instead, show them the benefits of the taste of the natural rainbow, one of organic vegetables and fruits.
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 candies contain Yellow 5 and 6, which have been linked to cancer; Blue 1, which could trigger the development of cancerous tumors; Red 40 which damages DNA; as well as Blue 2, which raises hyperactivity and has been associated with brain tumors.
Cheetos contain Yellow 6, which is an artificial coloring derived from petroleum, like the “cheese” flavoring, which contains methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenidate.
TBHQ which causes stomach cancer in lab rats,fragment DNA and damages the human lung and umbilical cells, is a substance that these sweets are laced with. It can make children anxious, restless and it intensifies the symptoms of ADHD.
Thus, the prolonged use of these toxic artificial food colorings, particularly in kid’s snacks, seriously increases the risk of deadly diseases. In that light, be sure that your children avoid snacks that contain such dyes. You should instead show them the benefits of the natural rainbow taste, one of organic fruits and vegetables.