I do not believe that artificial food colors, artificial flavors, mineral oil and sulfur dioxide (“to maintain freshness”) were the ingredients of the original Yang & Smylie licorice candy. Perhaps those chemicals were added after acquisition of the business by The Hershey Company in 1977 when production of the candy has become really massive.
Monstrous size businesses tend to grow into the powerful monopolies which control large segments of the market, dictate their policies to others and force the diversity of small businesses to fade and disappear. Furthermore, cheaper ingredients and concoctions they use in their chase for the bigger profits might have produced long-term adverse effect on the nation’s health. Look how McDonald’s (watch the Super size me! video), dictate of Monsanto (watch Food Inc. and The Future of Food movies) and replacement of water by the “liquid candy” of the Coca-Cola Company, (read the CSPI article Coca-Cola’s Anniversary: Why I’m Not Celebrating) affected the health of millions of Americans.
Twizzlers is another example of the popular brand which brings to you low nutritional value, high calories from sugar and a variety of questionable food additives. Twizzlers Strawbery candy, Twizzlers Rainbow twists and Twizzlers Licorice candy were reviewed in detail earlier. Let me just remind you what Twizzlers Rainbow twists are all about and report to you how much the food dyes you and your children eat with every twist.
Twizzlers Rainbow twists Risk Score, DDRS ~ 96
In addition, you get four questionable food colorants (read the CSPI file Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks) in the amounts that are given below.
a Concentrations were calculated based on Beer-Lambert Law application to our spectrophotometry studies; b Five twists of each color per 12.4 OZ (351 g) container.
Please note that the weight of individual twists varies from 10 to 13 g with the average 11.7 g. As you can see, the amounts of the dyes we have found in the Twizzlers are much lower than the FDA Acceptable Daily Intake. However no one can tell you what can be the long term health effects of the food dyes consumption. The DyeDiet concept is to completely eliminate any food additives foreign to the human bio-chemistry. Food dyes are the ones that should be removed from our food as soon as possible.
If you enjoy sugary snacks, the DyeDiet recommendation would be to consider the Farmer’s Fruit Mix for only $2.88 per 12 OZ (340 g) or Sun-Made raisins for $1.91/LB or any other dry fruits instead. Enjoy your food, not the additives!
Category: Candy and snacks