Petroleum is the yellow liquid that is mined from the earth to produce gasoline and motor oil. It’s also refined and used in many food products that line american grocery shelves, most of these being marketed towards children.
These by-products are often consumed in the form of bright food coloring, flavoring and preservatives in processed snacks.
Currently, The FDA isn’t concerned about the petroleum products used in American food, but many of these are outlawed in other countries because they pose serious health risks.
Artificial food dye have caused the following effects in recent studies:
- Allergic reactions
- Chromosomal damage
- Organ damage
- Birth defects
Food dyes can also contain unexpected and unknown impurities. In fact, these substances are so toxic that the British government and European Union have ended the use of dyes in food throughout Europe since 2009 and 2010, respectively.
List of popular children’s foods you’ll want to avoid:
1. POP TARTS
According to the nutritional information available on the Kellogg website, The most popular flavor, frosted strawberry, contains many harmful ingredients.
For starters, the snacks have corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar within the first 7 ingredients. These sugary products has all been linked to childhood diabetes, sugar addiction andliver problems.
The treats also contain TBHQ, a petroleum based-product which damages human DNA and causes cellular dysfunction .
It’s also know to cause tumours, vision loss, liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals .
2. FRUIT SNACKS
Many fruit-based snacks that market themselves as healthy options, like jam-filled cereal bars for example, are loaded with food coloring to make them more appealing .
These orange snacks are not only colored with yellow 6, they also contain an artificial flavoring mix of other highly toxic substances.
The “Flamin’ Hot” variety was even reported to cause abdominal distress, gastritis and addiction-like dependency in children and adults.
4. TEDDY GRAHAMS
These seemingly harmless snacks are often laced with TBHQ, which is bad for the same reasons mentioned previously, as well as nausea, vomiting, delirium, anxiety and stomach cancer .
Thankfully, you can replace these snack with all-natural and organic products (that are either store-bought or homemade) as well as fresh fruits and vegetables in appropriately-sized portions.
These options are much more filling and nutritious than the ones on this list.
If you’re concerned about your child’s exposure to dyes, make sure to read the labels on household products such as vitamins, cough syrup, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and hand cream. These products often contain similarly toxic dyes.