I find it very unfortunate for the American children and disgraceful for the food manufacturers that most of the candies (e. g., like Jolly Rancher) you can buy at Walmart, convenience stores and many grocery stores everywhere in the USA are nothing else but primitive and nasty stuff like these Blow Pop Charms:
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!
The ingredients are:
With every pop you get 60 calories, you take unacceptably high risk with the foreign food additives, DDFI = 32/11 ~ 2.9 (red segments in the diagram) and you get almost no nutrients, DDNF = 11/47 ~ 0.2 (the green segments).
Please note that Sugar = Corn syrup and that sugar and starch are both carbohydrates. So basically these Blow Pops are a bunch of chemically colored and flavored carbs. No fiber, no protein, no vitamins, no minerals.
Americans turned obsessed with the calorie count and the weight loss and those are right things to take care about. But we have to pay attention to what food additives they put into our food too. Here is what your fruity flavors truly are, according to the Wikipedia:
To find out more about other food additives take a look into the following:
- Artificial colorants: read the CSPI report on the, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks and Feingold Association‘s report Behavior, Learning and Health: The Dietary Connection;
- BHT, a questionable preservative. Read Skin Deep about BHT and MSDS for BHT (Section 11 – toxicity);
- Gum base, a synthetic polymer mix;
- Turmeric, a natural, not harmful colorant.
It could be little consolation if we blame China for flooding our country with such wasteful and, very likely, harmful treats. No, not this time! Blow Pop Charms are concocted domestically by the American company, Charms LLC (TN, USA) and for the American kids.
Am I angry? Yes, of course, I am! Because, as a professional chemist, I am sick and tired to see how food industry monetizes on the unawareness of millions of American parents who are not chemists to realize possible health dangers that the dyed sugar-starch candies may pose to their lovely children. On the fruity decorated container it reads:
Fun, Great Tasting Pops with Bubble Gum Inside
Is there a freedom of choice for the American kids to have fun with something less damaging than this?
Let’s resist the “fruit fraud”! Let’s stop blowing the future of this country by systematic undermining health of the American children! (Read Food marketing to children and youth and Diet, ADHD and Behavior). Below is a quotation from recent MSN Health article: Anyone who shops with a child (or several) in tow has to keep an eye out for products the kids grab and toss into the cart. “I always tell parents never to bring a kid to a store,” says Nestle. “The packages with the cartoons on them are often placed on low shelves where even toddlers can reach for them.” A trip down the cereal aisle will confirm this. “Sugary cereals are at kid’s eye level, while the healthier, all-bran options are usually on the highest shelves,” says Tara Gidus, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. It’s the same situation at the cash register, where candy and gum are strategically placed to encourage impulse buys by adults and kids can easily grab low-lying products.
Which candy to recommend?
Ironically, another candy from Charms, Tootsie Roll is much less risky but DyeDiet does NOT recommend anything with a foreign additive (red segment in the diagram) in it. Same thing to say about Kraft Caramels or Kit Kat wafers. You may want to look at chocolate candies that are, in general, less risky and more nutritious.