Let’s be honest – if you are looking at a bowl packed with M&M’s you probably won’t resist the view and you will start eating them after a few seconds. This is especially true when the holiday season begins and people feel that they are “allowed” to consume anything they want and as much as they want.
Still, we have some disappointing news. Below you can read 30 reasons why you should avoid those tasty chocolates.
Before we start lets review several facts about the popular M&M:
– They were created back in 1941.
– They were created with intention the soldiers to be able to carry chocolate without it melting.
– It is interesting that those two “M’s” are for Forrest 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.
– At the time, Hershey controlled chocolate
– According to statistics, they are currently sold in more than a hundred countries with 33 different fillings.
Still, Red candies have been banned in 1976, due to the fact they contained questionable dyes, and FD&C Red #2 was believed to be a carcinogen. Then again, in 1983, Red candies were reintroduced.
Besides that, customers still put pressure on Mars to get rid of the artificial colors used in their candies.
Namely, these colors are regarded as “neurotoxic chemicals”, by a Change.org petition and a press release from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI stated that all products which include these harmful ingredients must contain warning labels which would list the risks of the 8 approved FD&C food colors.
“The evidence that these petrochemicals worsen some children’s behavior is convincing. I hope that the committee will advise the agency to both require warning notices and encourage companies voluntarily to switch to safer natural colorings.” stated the CSPI’s Dr. Jacobson.
One bag of the Original M&M’s contains 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.
Now, let’s look the harmful effects they can cause:
Ingredient Negative effect
Soy lecithin 93% of soy is GMO
Affects fertility and reproduction
Can lead to breast cancer
May cause behavioral and cerebral abnormalities
Blue #1 Possible effects include: low blood pressure, hay fever, hives, allergic reaction, asthma
Creates malignant tumors at the site of injection and by ingestion in rats
Caution is advised in the case of aspirin sensitivity
Red #40 Leads to swelling around the mouth
Causes damage to DNA
Hyperactivity in children
Yellow #6 Hyperactivity
Swelling of the skin
May lead to cancer
Yellow #5 Hyperactivity
May lead to allergic reactions
Blue #2 Petroleum– based product
Increases brain tumors in lab rats
Supports other abnormal cell development
Increases hyperactivity in children
Gum Acacia Dietary fiber from the Acacia tree
Leads to nausea, bloating, gas, loose stool
The bad news is that Mars Company had not quit their use of these artificial colors. Moreover, FDA declared them as safe for human consumption, while scientific research provided evidence that they are not.
It is important to mention that it is fact that there are absolutely safe and all natural alternatives available.
According to Forbes in 2007, the Mars company has an income as high as $27.4 million dollars. So, this company definitely should invest some of this money and positively alter their products. Until that happens, we advise you to avoid these sweet evil chocolates.