These 11 Snacks Are Marketed To Kids, But Did You Know They Could Be Deadly?
We all know we should eat as few processed foods as possible.
There are some snacks, however, that are worse for you and your kids than others. When I think of petroleum, I think of oil fields and putting gas in my car. I had no idea that it was also used in some common treats that are marketed to children. Usually, the petroleum products are in dyes used to create bright colors, and those dyes have been linked to many conditions, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions. Here are some snacks to avoid.
- Kraft Macaroni & Cheese uses artificial dyes made with petroleum, like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6.
- Some Pop-Tarts use Red 40 dye, and most use Synthetic B6, made up of hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and petroleum ester.
- Fruit Roll-Ups use dyes like Red 3, but the good news is that it’s easy and fun to make all natural versions at home.
- Even crackers like these can have hidden dangers. Club Crackers contain tertiary butylhydroquinone (THBQ), a controversial ingredient responsible for keeping certain oils from spoiling.
- Say it ain’t so! Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 are all found in M&Ms.
- Just like the macaroni and cheese, Cheetos have Yellow 6 dye, but they also contain methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenylglicidate. All three ingredients are derived from petroleum.
- Certain varieties of Pringles contain Red 40 dye, which is “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer according to the U.S. Department of Health.
- Red 3 dye in fruit snacks has been banned in cosmetics for its link to tumors.
- Many of the petroleum-based dyes in Froot Loops have been banned in other countries.
- Teddy Grahams contain the same chemical as Club Crackers, THBQ, which can cause difficulties in breathing, vomiting, and nausea in large doses.
- Cheez-Its are coated in THBQ to extend their shelf life and they’re full of yellow food dyes.
Make sure you always check the labels before you eat processed snacks, and share this list to protect your family and friends!
Health and Wellness Associates
Dr P Carrothers