We all love M&M’s and that’s a fact! I really think that we can all agree on that, right? We eat them when we watch movies, when we work on our laptops, when we walk! Well, we can easily say that we eat these little “devils” all the time, which is (unfortunately) a bad thing! Yes, in this article we’re going to show you 30 good reasons why you should ditch these sweet things and never put them in your mouth again! But first, I would like to say a few words about the M&M’s, when they first started, how they work, etc.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The M&M’s factory was created in 1941.
- The M&M’s are now sold in over 100 countries with 33 different fillings.
- The M&M’s were created to allow soldiers to carry chocolate without it melting.
- The two “M’s” are for Forrest E. Mars, Sr. and William F.R. Murrie, the son of Hershey chocolate’s president.
- This partnership allowed Mars to use Hershey in their products.
- Yes, and Hershey had control of chocolate at the time.
Harmful Ingredients Discovered in Candy
Here’s what you need to know – back in 1976, Red candies were banned due to people’s concern about the questionable dyes. FD&C Red #2was suspected to be a carcinogen. Red candies were then reintroduced in 1983. However, Mars is still urged by consumers to remove these dangerous artificial colors. The expert also say that these artificial colors have been referred to as “neurotoxic chemicals” by a Change.org petition as well as a press release from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Note: you should also know that the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese experienced a similar petition urging them to remove dangerous Yellow #5and Yellow #6, which was supported by 350,000 signatures! The CSPI has recommended that warning labels listing the risks of the eight approved FD&C food colors should be a requirement for all products containing these dangerous ingredients.
The CSPI’s Dr. Jacobson said:
“The evidence that these petrochemicals worsen some children’s behavior is convincing. And, I really hope that the committee will advise the agency to both require warning notices and encourage companies voluntarily to switch to safer natural colorings.”
WHAT Are M&M’s Made of?
And now, we’re going to take look at the current ingredients listed on a bag of Original M&M’s:
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.
The Million-Dollar Question – HOW Harmful Are These Ingredients?
|Ingredient||Harm It Causes You|
|Soy lecithin||93% of soy is genetically modifiedIt can cause breast cancer
It also has negative effects on fertility and reproduction
This may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities
|Blue #1||It produces malignant tumors at the site of injection and by ingestion in ratsPossible effects include: hay fever, low blood pressure, hives, asthma, allergic reaction
Caution is advised if aspirin sensitive
|Red #40||It can damage your DNACauses swelling around the mouth
Hyperactivity in children
|Yellow #6||Can cause cancerHyperactivity
Swelling of the skin
|Yellow #5||Can cause allergic reactionsHyperactivity
|Blue #2||Petroleum based productIncreases hyperactivity in children
Increases brain tumors in lab rats
Increases other abnormal cell development
|Gum Acacia||Dietary fiber from the Acacia treeCauses gas, nausea, loose stool and bloating|
Well, the real and ugly truth is that the Mars company has continued to use these artificial colors. Even though the FDA has declared them safe for human consumption, there is clear scientific evidence proving otherwise. What makes it even worse is that there are other natural and safe color alternatives available! Forbes reported the Mars company had income of $27.4 million dollars, which means that it is time for the Mars company to use that money to make positives changes to their products that will make them safer to eat! Until that day comes… it’s best you give up these dangerous and questionable little chocolates.
And, unfortunately, M&M’s are not an option any longer! So, here is what you can eat instead when you need a chocolate-y fix:
- Dark Chocolate: Try the following “clean” chocolate bars:
- Equal Exchange: 100% organic and fair trade
- Sweet riot: Fair trade and non-GMO ingredients
- Good Cacao: Supplement-enhanced chocolate bars