In case you needed reasons not to eat M&M again, just read these three major ones listed below.
”They melt in your mouth, not in your hand !” It might be for real, but time has come to take into consideration whether they’re worth eating. A lot of people have already signed a petition forcing the producers of M&M’s to provide safe products again.
Are M&M`s healthy?
To speak the truth, nobody has high expectations on the candies and chocolate bars to be healthy or such but you’ll have more to find out about this particular brand. As a matter of fact, M&M’s ingredients have always been a matter of discussion.
M&M’s Full Ingredient List
Milk chocolate (sugar,chocolate,skim milk,cocoa butter,lactose,milkfat,soy lecithin,salt,artificial flavor)
less than 1% -corn syrup,dextrin,coloring(includes blue 1 lake,yellow 6,red 40 ,yellow 5,blue 1,red 40 lake,blue 2 lake,yellow 6 lake,blue 2 ,),gum acacia.
Contains milk and soy.
May contain peanuts.
M&M`S USED Red Dye #2 in their red M&M`s.In fact, only Red Dye #40 has been used. During the 1970s red M&M`s were actually discontinued due to growing concerns of the FDA and the general public about the potential health effects of Red Dye#2.
In a 2012 scientific report released in the International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health is pointed out that ” all of the 9 currently US-approved dyes raise health concerns of varying degrees .”
Researchers Kobylewski & Jacobson explained that amid other kinds of dyes, Red 40, was considered to have benzidine & other carcinogens. They recommend that ” all of the currently used dyes should be removed from the food supply and replaced if at all, by safer colourings,”.
It’s not only one ingredient that has the health – care citizens concerned, but there are many more of them which would be best if excluded.
Reason #1.Soy Lecithin
A widely used chemical all over (Western) food industry to extend the useful life of a product. As you may have by now assumed, it’s made of soybeans, which are by now 93% genetically modified.
In some companies, like Monsanto, GMO technology is used to have their crops cope with indecent herbicides and other chemicals. Unfortunately, this implies that we as users consume the residue of these chemicals.
To add more to this issue , the intake of certain kinds of say has been linked to the increase of breast cancer , fertility and reproductive problems , and maybe cognitive & behavioural problems as Well-Naturopathic doctor, Nadia Kumeutas, analyzes the complex nature of soy and the endocrine system and elicits which types of soy are healthy and which not. It’s best to consume organic ingredients and fresh, if possible.
Reason #2 : Artificial Colors.
As reported by the non-profit groups, the Center for Science in the Public interest , it would be best if the use of artificial colours in food is reassessed away from the existing ones. Below listed you have a summary of their assessment found in M&M’s:
Blue Dye #1: risk of allergies, studies issued do not reveal a link to cancer, however, a test tube uncovered retardation of brain cell development.
Blue Dye #2 : studies issued do not reveal a link to cancer, however, the CSPI pretends that the studies made did not comprise utero research, and did not use proper dose to test.
Red Dye #40: studies issued reveal a risk of allergies, and potential contamination with p-Cresidine; there is no visible proof in studies issued of tumour risk.
Yellow Dye#5: studies issued reveal a risk of allergies and potential contamination with Benzidine,4-amino-biphenyl. There is proof for the connection between adrenal and testicular tumours.
The Food Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has interestingly replied to worries of behavioural problems in children ingesting artificial ingredients :
’For certain susceptible children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other problem behaviours,however, the data suggest that their condition may be exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic colour additives. Findings from relevant clinical trials indicate that the effects on their behaviour appear to be due to a unique intolerance to these substances and not to any inherent neurotoxic properties.
Reason #3 : Inflammation – Causing Ingredients .
As a matter of fact, even if M&M substituted all of the artificial dyes and colours to natural ones not linked to possible health risks, the principal ingredient itself has an unfavourable impact on our body.
Refined sugar (which gives out milk chocolate )is recognized to cause inflammation in your body. In addition, those sentient to milk and dairy products can undergo a long term toll on the digestive tract which can further lead to other complications like leaky gut, depression or even worse cancer.
Organic chocolate by many referred to as cacao does the opposite. Being rich in antioxidants it aids your body fight inflammation damages, boosts your mood (much better than refined sugar does) and yet has great taste. If you have an interest in getting to know which is the right chocolate to be eaten have a look at these recipes: Chocolate Pudding, Chocomoli Smoothie, and HomeMade Nutella!