Who aren’t enamored with these multi-colored candies that have the propensity to melt in your mouth and not in your hand? They have been around since my mother’s time and the chocolatey inner sweetness plus crackly outer shell-like coating that both loved by kids and adults alike. They are sometimes sprinkled over birthday cakes or used to deck the top of ice cream sundaes and cones.

Yet behind these legendary multi-colored chocolates is a dark history of questionable ingredients used by their maker.

So What’s the Dark History of “The Ones which melt in your mouth and not in your hand”?

It all starts with Red Dye #2 which is the key food color used in these chocolatey snacks. In 1976, Red Dye #2 was banned in food products because it was discovered to be carcinogenic. When the dye was reintroduced into the food market in 1983, our little choco snack company used it again for the sweets to the consternation of its consumers.

Not even the clamor from consumers made the company shift to a safer alternative for Red Dye #2. The company also didn’t put a warning label on their chocolates, saying it has artificial coloring such as Red Dye #2.

Dangerous Ingredients

It wasn’t only Red Dye #2 in these chocolates which needed dire health warnings. Here are some other ingredients you need to look out for:

Soy Lecithin

Of course, this chemical is based on soybeans which, unfortunately, are 93% genetically modified. Food industry (at least in the Western world) used this chemical to extend the shelf life of food. With the GMO scare, you can be sure most soy-based products would not be without a generous amount of pesticides and other carcinogenic chemicals.

Likewise, soy products are now connected to a heightened risk of breast cancer. Also includes reproductive and fertility problems, as well as behavioral and cognitive disorders.

Artificial Colors

These colorful chocolates are a kid’s snack, right?  But behind those colorful dyes are a more sinister meaning – they are either carcinogenic or pose health problems to the individual. For instance  ̶

  • Red Dye #40: studied and proven to be connected to DNA damage, cancer, hives, swelling around the mouth, and hyperactivity
  • Yellow Dye #5: Known as linked to behavioral problems, links to cancer, and common food allergies
  • Yellow Dye #6: Connected to cancer, migraines, allergic reactions, vomiting, hyperactivity, and diarrhea
  • Blue Dye #1: Connections to low blood pressure, hives, allergic reactions, asthma, and malignant tumor growth in rats
  • Blue Dye #2: Found to cause abnormal cell development, hyperactivity in children, and tumor growth

Ingredients that Cause Inflammation

Experts say that even if you replace all these questionable ingredients in these chocolatey snacks with natural ones, the ingredients alone pose adverse side effects to the body. For instance, milk and refined sugar, the main components of milk chocolate of which these chocolate snacks are basically made of, cause inflammation in the body.

Other negative reactions to dairy products are gas and bloating, plus a digestive tract problem, or complications leading to depression, leaky gut, and even cancer.

Instead, eat cacao (organic chocolate) because it is rich in antioxidants. And also it will help you fight inflammation in the body.

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