Here’s a 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 and liver problems.
The treats also contain TBHQ, a petroleum based-product which damages human DNA and causes cellular dysfunction (4).
It’s also know to cause tumours, vision loss, liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals (5).
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 (6).
Red 3 is commonly used, which is worrisome since it’s been banned from cosmetic products for causing thyroid tumors.
3. M & Ms
Alongside red 40, yellow 6 and yellow 5, these chocolates are often colored by using blue 2, which is known to cause tumors in the brain and bladder, as well as blue 1, which inhibits the development of nerve cells.
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 (7).
5. Teddy Grams
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 (8).
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 (9). These products often contain similarly toxic dyes.