Although M&M’s may “melt in your mouth, but not in your hand”, it might be time to consider if these indulgent chocolate treats are worth the negative impact they may have on your health.
Scores of people have chosen to sign a petition that urges the manufacturer of M&M’s to use a portion of their almost $30 million earnings to improve the safety of their product.
Are M&Ms Bad for You?
Although it is obvious that no one views chocolate or candy as being healthy, these particular treats have even more health risks worth knowing about. M&M’s actually have a long history of producing their products using unhealthy ingredients.
Red Dye #2 was banned in 1976 after it was discovered that it was considered a carcinogen (a substance that can potentially lead to the formation of cancer).
This dye was one of the main food colorants in M&M’s. As soon as Red Dye #2 was considered safe again in 1983, M&M’s immediately began using it again, much to the disappointment of consumers.
Unfortunately, requests to produce the candies using one of the many safer alternatives available were ignored.
They have also ignored a recommendation by the CSPI to place warning labels on any of their food items that contain these risky artificial food dyes such as Red Dye #2.
M&M Ingredients That May Pose a Health Risk
It is not simply one ingredient in M&M’s that has the potential for negative consequences. There are actually numerous ingredients that are considered questionable in terms of health.
1.) Soy Lecithin
Soy lecithin is a chemical that is commonly used to increase the amount of time that food items will last on the shelf. As the name suggests, it is produced from soybeans, which are 93% genetically modified.
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