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
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.
~ Candy Should Not Be The Spookiest Thing on Halloween,