30 REASONS TO NEVER PUT ANOTHER M&M IN YOUR MOUTH EVER AGAIN
Is there anyone who doesn’t like M&M’s? I believe that there’s no one out there who would say they can resist these little treats, it’s almost like they’re addictive! And even though we know they’re not good for us, we just can’t stay away.
Yet, very few people know about the dangerous side effects that come with eating M&M’s. Here’s a list of 30 reasons why you should avoid these chocolates as much as possible.
Initially, let us review the facts concerning 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.
- Hershey controlled chocolate at the time.
- They are currently sold in more than a hundred countries with 33 different fillings.
In 1976 the red colored candies were banned because they contained questionable dyes, but in 1983 they were introduced to the market once again. Still, consumers are pressuring Mars to stop using artificial colors in their products because they are considered to be “neurotoxic chemicals”.
At least according to a Change.org petition and a press release from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). They say that every product containing these harmful chemical should have the appropriate label.
The CSPI’s Dr. Jacobson stated:
“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.”
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:
|Soy lecithin||93% of soy is GMOAffects 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, asthmaCreates malignant tumors at the site of injection and by ingestion in ratsCaution is advised in the case of aspirin sensitivity|
|Red #40||Leads to swelling around the mouthCauses damage to DNAHives
Hyperactivity in children
|Yellow #6||HyperactivityDiarrheaAllergic reactions
Swelling of the skin
May lead to cancer
|Yellow #5||HyperactivityMay lead to allergic reactionsCancer|
|Blue #2||Petroleum– based productIncreases brain tumors in lab ratsSupports other abnormal cell development
Increases hyperactivity in children
|Gum Acacia||Dietary fiber from the Acacia treeLeads to nausea, bloating, gas, loose stool|
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!
According to 2007 Forbes, the Mars company has an income as high as $27.4 million dollars, so it is about time they use some of this money and positively alter their products. Until then, we recommend that you avoid these sweet evil chocolates.
Instead of the M&M’s, you can satisfy your desire for something delicious and sweet. You should try the following dark chocolate bars:
Equal Exchange: completely organic and fair trade
Sweetriot: Fair trade and contains no GMO ingredients
Good Cacao: These chocolate bars are enriched with supplements
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