“They melt in your mouth, not in your hand!”
This might be true, but it’s about time for all of us to reexamine whether these little chocolatey appetizers are worth the risk. Many people already signed a petition advising the makers of M&M’s -”Use your $27 million profit to make the product safe again”.
Are M&M’s Healthy?
Like any chocolate or candy bar, M&M’s also don’t have very high rating when the health is in question. But when it comes to them there’s more to the story. Many researches indicate that M&M’s have a long history of using doubtful ingredients in their chocolate.
Red Dye #2 since 1976 was banned from the use of food. This happened after its being revealed to be carcinogenic. Till then this color was the key food color that was used in M&M’s colorful snacks. Then they stopped using it. But then again, in 1983, when the dye was introduced again into food products, M&M hopped right back into its use, regardless of the disappointment of their consumers.
The company also ignored requests to shift to a safer alternative, as many other options were offered. They didn’t even respond to CSPI’s reference that they should include warning labels on all of their food products that are containing artificial coloring such as Red Dye #2.
If you thought that there is only one dangerous ingredient in M&M candies you got it all wrong. There are several that should be better left out.
Soy Lecithin is a chemical which is commonly used through the (Western) food industry to extend the shelf life of the food products. Yes, it is based on soybeans, for which we generally know that are 93% genetically modified. GMO foods were never successfully proven to be safe for ingestion in the long run.
However, some companies, like Monsanto, are using GMO technology to let their crops to resist an obscene soaking of pesticides and many other chemicals without dying off. This means that all of us, the consumers, end up ingesting the leftovers of these chemicals.
In addition, it’s much better to snack on fresh, organic ingredients to avoid the issue of genetic modification and toxic chemicals. Soy is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, reproductive problems and fertility, and also possibly mental and behavioral issues.
Learn more about artificial colors
Besides Red Dye #2, M&M’s hold:
- Blue Dye #1: linked to growth of the malignant tumor in rat studies. Furthermore, llow blood pressure problems, asthma, hives and allergic reactions
- Blue Dye #2: linked to tumor growth, abnormal cell progress, and hyperactivity in children
- Red Dye #40: linked to cancer, hives, DNA damage, swelling round the mouth and hyperactivity
- Yellow Dye #5: linked to cancer and behavioral problems
- Yellow Dye #6: linked to diarrhea, migraines, vomiting, allergic reactions, cancer and hyperactivity.
The real truth is that even if M&M replaces all of their artificial colors and dyes with natural ones who aren’t associated with serious health risks, the main ingredients in them alone have hostile effects on your body. Milk and refined sugar are eminent to cause inflammation in your body. Bloating and gas are just some of the many reactions to these dairy products. Both of these ingredients take a ring on your digestive tract in the long-term, and can possibly lead to difficulties such as depression, leaky gut and even cancer.
On the other hand, organic chocolate (called cacao by many) will in fact have the opposite effect. It is very rich in antioxidants, and it will help your body to fight the harm that is caused by inflammation. It is proven that cacao improves your mood in such way that refined sugar ever will, and still tastes delightful. If you’re interested in learning how to eat the right kind of chocolate check out this recipe.