Candy Overload

Kids Love Candy
We all know what October means for kids…Candy Overload.

Kids (actually everyone) love candy, so what could be harmful about that? In the past, I’ve focused on how detrimental the artificial ingredients are in candy. Add to that the sugar content and you have a recipe for disaster.

October is Non-GMO Month
If that weren’t enough, now we have Genetically Modified ingredients to consider. This image made it’s way around Facebook. When you think about GMOs in candy it makes a lot of sense. The top GMO foods are
sugar beets, soy, Canola oil and corn, common ingredients in candy.

Ironic isn’t it? This is the third annual Non-GMO Month. Ninety percent of Americans want to know if they are eating GMOs. Presently, there is no requirement for food producers to label GMOs. California has a voter initiative that requires mandatory GMO labeling. Click Here to find out why this is important for the rest of the U.S.

You vote with your dollar. Each time you purchase an organic food item (that is just about the only way you can tell if it is GMO-Free), you send a message to food providers that this is important to you and your family.

If you take the time to read candy labels you’ll find lots of GMO products: sugar beets, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn starch, Soy lecithin, Canola and cotton seed oil.

The Good Stuff
What’s the good stuff collected while Trick or Treating? Why, it’s the chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate. In fact, there have been studies indicating that dark chocolate is healthful. Dark chocolate contains between 30 and 50 percent cocoa butter offers antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, Hersey’s milk chocolate (and most other inexpensive candies containing chocolate) does not contain antioxidant properties.

Even though most ingredients are labeled, the candy manufacturers have changed whole (even if some are GMOs) ingredients to cheaper chemicals. You’ll now see abbreviations where ingredients are listed. Who knows what PGPR is? Sounds innocuous.  PGPR (also known as E476) stands for polyglycerol pholyricinoleate and is made from castor bean oil. It is used in place of the more expensive cocoa butter that used to be found in chocolate.

Here’s the kicker: There’s a link from PGPR to hyperactivity in children and a concern that it might change offspring sex ratio. YEOW! (Click Here for Chemicals in Food.)

I personally don’t like anything about Halloween. Not what it represents, not all the attention parents give it, not the candy overload and now not the GMOs and PGPR consumed by kids in candies. When you indulge in candy, purchase the more expensive varieties you’ll find at a whole foods store. Be sure to check the labels, because even whole foods stores may stock the junky stuff.

One thought on “Candy Overload

  1. stacey says:

    You mention that chocolate is the best candy. Have you heard anything about the amount of cockroaches in chocolate? While doing research on the computer for ingredients in candies, I discovered that there are large quantities of cockroach parts in chocolate (the FDA allows 8 cockroach pieces per 8 ounce bar). How disgusting! My family is off chocolate and not missing it one bit.

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