The Scary Truth About Halloween Candy and Cancer

Home/cancer, food additives, Halloween/The Scary Truth About Halloween Candy and Cancer

It’s not a big shocker that candy contains lots of sugar.  But what is UP with candy containing carcinogens that no one is BANNING? Is there a connection between Halloween candy and cancer?

A bright orange and yellow candy that is ubiquitous around Halloween time is one of the worst offenders when it comes to sugar and carcinogens combined.  It’s candy corn, and you can find it made by Brach’s Candies, and other manufacturers.

I recently stood behind a women in line at the Ralph’s checkout who was buying 5 ENTIRE bags of candy corn to make Halloween treats for a children’s party.  The word REALLY needs to spread that when it comes to Halloween treats, we are being TRICKED – harmful color additives are in the ingredients, with no warning labels on the packaging.

The color in candy corn is made from Red #3.  The Environmental Working Group has given Red #3 a rating of “F” or Highest Concern as a potentially significant hazard to health or the environment and sites Red #3 as a moderate concern for causing cancer.   Here’s more about Brach’s candy corn in particular.

Brach’s Candy Corn Ingredients From The Package

SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE, SALT, DEXTROSE, GELATIN, SESAME OIL, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, HONEY, YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5, RED 3

Halloween Candy and Cancer Anti-Aging Analyst

To find better alternatives for Halloween treats and food in general, The Environmental Working Group has created a Foodscores Database, where you can search more than 80,000 foods and find out how EWG has rated them and if they contain harmful ingredients.

Halloween Candy And Cancer

According to this article, other harmful food additives present in candy favorites include:

Red # 40 – present in DOTS and NOW AND LATER candies, TWIZZLERS, LAUGHY TAFFY and SKITTLES

Yellow #6  – present in NECCO WAFFERS, TWIZZLERS, LAFFY TAFFY and SKITTLES.

Concerned about what is in your Halloween candy?  Search for your Halloween candy using the CANDY category in the Environmental Working Group’s Foodscores Database, or find choices with good scores to make wise purchases.

For your little goblins and ghouls, why not put out a tray of healthier options for a Halloween get-together (photographer unknown)?  It could be like a little Health-Hazard-Free zone for your kids.

CPH2jPaUAAAkerq

~ Candy Should Not Be The Spookiest Thing on Halloween,

signature4

 

By | 2017-05-19T02:33:56+00:00 October 30th, 2015|cancer, food additives, Halloween|0 Comments

About the Author:

Eliza is an anti-aging journalist, coach and skincare/wellness consultant who has written hundreds of articles on anti-aging products and procedures, beauty and skincare. She writes regularly for The Los Angeles Examiner, and has been published in Hawaii's Inspiration Journal, and Hawaii Wellness Magazine, and quoted in various beauty blogs and newsletters including New You Magazine and more. A former Chicago reporter and analyst by nature, Eliza created Eliza's Anti-Aging Arsenal (www.antiaginganalyst.com/blog) a blog for people over 40, where she shares anti-aging tips, tricks and tools, vents a lot, and is known as "The Anti-Aging Authority With Attitude." Connect with Eliza at antiaging.analyst@gmail.com.

Leave A Comment