Jolly Rancher: Yellow 5 plus Blue 1 equals green apple

January 23, 2013 |

Soda is a variety of sweetened sparkling fun drinks. But life cannot be just continuous pure fun. Your body is very serious about it: It needs water to function correctly, to keep you healthy, active and productive. Of course, you can have fun of drinking sugary soda once in a while but if you totally replace pure water by naturally or artificially sweetened soda (so called “diet” soda) your sweet life is not going last too long before you will have to pay your increasing medical bills. Here is simple universal truth to always keep in mind: ANYTHING IN EXCESS IS TOXIC! It’s even worse when a number of biochemically hostile food additives are added. Take a look at Jolly Rancher Green Apple soda:

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Jolly Rancger Green Apple soda: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Four anti-nutritious chemicals (red segments) are to blame for the UNACCEPTABLY high health risk of DDFI = 29/4 = 7.3 you take and ridiculously low nutritional value: DDNF = 4/33 ~ 0.1 you receive with infamous HFCS and water.

Food additives to avoid:

Isn’t it amazing how easy they make millions in beverage industry? Into a huge stainless steel tank they pour water, add HFCS to make it lusciously sweet, add artificial colors Yellow 5 and Blue 1 to make it look green, add another chemical to make the sweet swill resemble taste of apple, and… here you go! You are ready to throw your bucks for this “green apple” chemical waste! But this is NOT all you pay! This is only a little down payment for you to join the “club.” Your major purchase is postponed for later time: Your medical treatments.

A man on 11 drugs

The other day I was running by a lake where I have met a local guy who is 53, three years younger than I am. From the conversation I have found out that he routinely takes 11 drugs for treatment a variety of his health issues included back pain, arthritis, etc. Needless to say, he couldn’t run. Pushed by curiosity I have asked him what he normally drinks on daily basis. His respond was: “Soda, since I was a kid…” When I asked him if he drinks water, he just has made wry face in respond. I have explained to him my point of view; he had listened with genuine interest and promised to look into the Dye Diet when his computer is fixed. I have told him that I would stay away from soda and take fish oil instead of ibuprofen. Then I have wished him good luck and continued with exercises by making my routine 70 push-ups.

Bottom line. When adults excessively drink alcohol, usually they are prepared to deal with the consequences. When children regularly drink Jolly Rancher Green Apple soda, allowing each time 18 teaspoons of sugar (HFCS) and a tens of milligrams of artificial food colors into their blood and brain, they believe that the adult people would not offer anything harmful to children. Unfortunately they are making deadly mistake. You better try Juicy Juice diluted with water 1:1 or Welch’s 100% Grape juice diluted with two parts of water to mitigate negative  effects of “sugar bomb” on your health. Remember however that only pure water is 100% healthy natural zero calorie drink.

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Category: Food Dyes Exposure, Food Terrorism, Soft drinks

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  1. benamore says:

    I think this is what is used to make the flavors:
    Cherry: Red 40
    Grape: Red 40 + Blue 1
    Green Apple: Yellow 5 + Blue 1
    Blue Raspberry: Blue 1
    Watermelon: traces of Red 40

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      Well, color is only visual component of our perception of food. Along with taste it contributes into our overall opinion about a food. Flavor substances are what shapes taste of food. In the nature we taste hundreds flavor molecules present in a single fruit at a time. Food industry adds a few most prominent to trick us into buying their stuff. They are getting richer, the population – sicker…

  2. benamore says:

    This is what is actually IN chicken nuggets:
    Wendy’s Nuggets: Chicken Breast, Water, Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Whey Protein Concentrate. Battered And Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Spices, Dextrose, Leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Yellow Corn Flour, Yeast, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Spice Extractives, Xanthan Gum. Cooked in Vegetable Oil (soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor [vegetable], citric acid [preservative], dimethylpolysiloxane [anti-foaming agent]).

    Chick-fil-A Nuggets: 100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika]), milk wash (water, egg, nonfat milk), peanut oil (fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added).

    McDonald’s Nuggets: White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid], sodium phosphates, natural flavor (botanical source), Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch, Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

    BK Nuggets: Boneless chicken breast with rib meat, water, isolated oat product, potato starch, seasoning (modified corn starch, salt, maltodextrin, yeast extract, chicken stock, flavors, wheat starch, dextrose, propylene glycol and citric acid), salt, sodium phosphates. BATTERED WITH: Water, yellow corn flour, wheat flour, wheat starch, salt, leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), dextrose, spice. BREADED WITH: Wheat flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), spices, salt. Breading set in vegetable oil.

    What would be the DDRF, DDFI, and DDNF of the chicken nuggets?

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      First, thank you for bringing these lists to our attention. Second, that’s a lot of work to make the calculations but I will do this at a later time: The calculator soon will be posted for free use by the Dye Diet visitors. Third, the nuggets will not look too bad in comparison with, say, candies, because they do not contain hostile synthetic chemicals, except THBQ. However, as you can see, bleached flour and a whole number of “benign” chemicals were used. So in comparison with naturally cooked chicken which contains no preservatives and no all the above chemical non-nutritional ballast, nuggets are really poor choice.

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      As I have suggested earlier, McNuggets will show relatively low DDFI (health risks from chemicals) and also low DDNF (nutritional value). I just have used the Dye Diet Calculator ( ) for Wendy’s Nuggets to obtain Health Risk 0.18 and Nutritional Value 0.89. Not deadly but NOT recommended…