Strawberry Glaze to mess up fresh fruit

March 7, 2012 |

Strawberry is beautiful and healthy fruit. You may want to add some glaze to it, I can understand that.

Fresh Beauty

But what I do not understand is why the glaze should necessary be dyed with a dangerous azo compound, Red 40, which I have detected in Sweet Lava Strawberry Glaze (of Walmart) in the amount of 120 mg per container (read Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, p. 29-32)!

 DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Strawberry Glaze: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

How can it be that the biologically foreign chemical may “improve” natural berries? Yes, it may now look more red than natural but the whole point of healthy and nutritious food is gone.  Due to Red 40 we expose ourselves to risks of ADHD, allergies (please read PDF file Behavior, Learning and Health: The Dietary Connection), cancers and who knows what else, and what for? Accordingly, the DyeDiet chemicall risk factor, DDFI = 16/12 ~ 1.2 is rather high. With the glaze you add some nutrition in the form of HFCS  and modified starch but they will likely increase your blood sugar sharply and so your risks of developing diabetes. Overall nutrition value of the glaze itself is miserable, DDNF = 12/32 ~ 0.4.

A better alternative would be, of course, not to add any sugars. But if you want, it is better to add small amount of sugar, maple syrup, honey or molasses. You can try either one of those but neither one will expose you to additional chemical risks as Sweet Lava glaze does. Just simply watch your sugar intake and take a walk or do your chores or exercise instead of watching TV. Enjoy you strawberries, not the red brightness of Red 40!

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Category: Food Dyes Exposure, Fruit snacks, Healthy diet

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