Cherry Slices: artificial color content

July 17, 2011 |

Cherry Slices are naturally and artificially flavored candies from Zachary Confections, Inc., “A Family Owned American Company” located in Indiana. This is another illustration of the primitive principle American food manufacturers keep applying to making candies for you and your children: Keep it simple and stupid. Take a look for yourself.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Cherry Slices Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Cherry Slices: Risk, Nutrition and Artificial Color Content

Indeed, Zachary Confections make it extremely simple: they mix sugar and starch with a little of artificial flavor and add 2 mg of the artificial color (FD&C Red 40) per candy. That’s it! Your moderate risk (DDFI ~ 1.3) and low nutritional value (DDNF ~ 0.5) candy is ready. There is a good chance that they added acetophenone to imitate cherry flavor. No real cherries from Zachary for you and your kids. Read the CSPI document: Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks

But you still have a choice. Here is a less risky (DDFI ~ 0.3) candy alternative with better nutritional value (DDNF ~ 1.7): Tootsie Roll, made in USA as well.

Tootsie Roll: Health Risk and Nutritional Value

Tootsie Roll: Health Risk and Nutritional Value

Beware, however, that this candy contains 2.5% of transfat  which comes with partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Consumption of trans-fats increases risk of coronary heart disease. Sadly, it is nearly impossible to find a healthy candy at Wal-Mart store. DyeDiet would recommend fresh fruits or Sun-Maid dried fruits instead.   Make you informed free choice!

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Category: Candy, Food Dyes Exposure

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