Better for You Candy

Better for You Candy

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Happy Halloween! Among the many #doitbetter brands that are on the rise are candy companies that are making it a little bit better when that sweet tooth hits.  Who doesn't love those addictive red and pink Starbursts and that flavor you can't seem to get anywhere else? The truth is, most candies and high processed foods are colored with artificial dyes to achieve those bright vibrant colors and added value to our favorite sweets and treats. Think about it this way, if artificial dyes exist that is a hint that it is an extremely high processed food with little to no nutritional value.

The Gist: 

  • The issue with common candy brands is high fructose corn syrup and AFCs (artificial food coloring). 
  • The source of most artificial dyes have been known to be a petroleum by-products or coal-tar.  
  • The consumption of AFCs has been directly correlated to adverse behavior in children, especially those with ADHD. (Read more here). 
  • The most commonly found dyes are Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 and are known carcinogens.
  • So how does the FDA regulate food dyes? In 1960 an amendment was made to the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetics act stating that the FDA must approve any new food additive before it hits the market. Our regulation is weak compared to other companies. For example: a Fanta in the US has Red 40 and Yellow 6, while in the UK it is colored with pumpkin and carrot extract. 
  • It is never good to overindulge in too much sugar, but every now and then when you need to treat that sweet tooth look to these brands below for better for you treats without any of the tricks.
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