Shopping for kids snacks can be quite overwhelming! There are now isles and isles dedicated for children’s snacks. The sad reality is that most options are filled with artificial ingredients, color dyes and even petroleum.
- Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese uses artificial dyes, like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, that contain petroleum.
- Cherry-flavored Pop-Tarts contain Red 40, an artificial dye shown to cause cancer in rat experiments. Furthermore, Pop-Tarts contain Synthetic B6, composed of hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde and petroleum ester.
- Fruit roll ups consist mostly of artificial additives made from petroleum products, including Red 3, also known as E127 or Erythrosine.
- Cheetos have the artificial food dye Yellow 6, the dye responsible for the distinct orange color of Cheetos, is produced from petroleum.
Avoiding these toxic ingredients should be our priority as parents. As their bodies are growing and developing at a rapid pace, these additives do more harm than we might be aware of. Studies published in The Lancet, Paediatrics, and Journal of Paediatrics suggest that some children with ADHD are adversely affected by food additives. And a new study indicates that artificial coloring and flavors, as well as the preservative sodium benzoate, can make some non-ADD kids hyperactive.