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Do you realize what the Halloween candy that you child brings contain?

Read the ingredients and if you find any of these, think twice before you let them gobble.

1. Vanillin – Vanillin is a phenolic aldehyde. You’ll find this ingredient in most cheap chocolate candy. Most synthetic vanillin is today synthesized from the petrochemical precursors guaiacol and glyoxylic acid. Vanillin can trigger allergic reactions and migraine headaches in some people.

2. Soy lecithin – this is an emulsifier to bind fat and water together. Thanks to the FDA and Monsanto, soybeans grown in the U.S. are almost exclusively genetically modified. If you are religious Soy-derived lecithin is prohibited on Passover for Ashkenazi Jews.

3. Shellac – Also known as “confectioner’s glaze”. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug. It is used in combination with wax for preserving and imparting a shine to citrus fruits, such as Lemons. It is also used in denture production.

4. Carmine – This gives the bright red color to candies. It is made of powdered cochineal (insect) corpses. Carmine may cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock to a subset of people.

5. Castoreum – is generally listed as “natural flavors”. Castoreum is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac which is, in combination with the beaver’s urine, used during scent marking of territory. Castoreum has been traditionally used in Scandinavia for flavoring snaps.

6. Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) – This lab creation is an antioxidant and used in preserving Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. At higher doses, it has some negative health effects on lab animals, such as producing precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA

7. Mono- and Diglycerides – They are often found in bakery products, beverages, ice cream, peanut butter, chewing gum, shortening, whipped toppings, margarine, confections, and candies (like Twizzlers). These are synthetic fats derived from cows or hogs, or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

8. Lanolin – Often called “gum base” and used as base for chewing gum. lanolin is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals.

9. Allura Red, Food Red 17, C.I. 16035, FD&C Red 40 & Related dyes include Sunset Yellow FCF, Scarlet GN, tartrazine, and Orange B – This food dye is made from coal tar or petroleum and is found in a lot of candies like Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Dum Dums, Tootsie pops. The following additives were tested in the research:

· Sunset yellow (E110) (FD&C Yellow #6) — coloring found in soft drinks

· Carmoisine (E122) (FD&C Red #3) — red coloring in gelatin foods

· Tartrazine (E102) (FD&C Yellow #5) — yellow coloring

· Ponceau 4R (E124) — red coloring

· Sodium benzoate (E211) — preservative

· Quinoline Yellow WS (E104) (Food Yellow 13) — food coloring

· Allura red AC (E129) (FD&C Red #40) — orange / red food dye[6]

The study found increased levels of hyperactivity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children consuming the chemicals.

10. Gelatin – Used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing. Gelatin is derived from pork skins, pork, horses, and cattle bones, or split cattle hides and used in yogurts and Jello. Gelatin is also used in nail polish remover and makeup applications. Vegans and strict vegetarians choose not to eat foods containing gelatin made from animals. Islam, Hindus and Jains forbids consumption of pork and thus gelatin

11. Sorbitol Sorbitol is a sugar substitute. Sorbitol can be used as a non-stimulant laxative via an oral suspension or enema. Even mild oversumption of this sugar alcohol causes diarrhea. Sorbitol also may aggravate irritable bowel syndrome,and similar gastrointestinal conditions, resulting in severe abdominal pain for those affected, even from small amounts ingested. It has been noted that the sorbitol added to SPS (Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, used in the treatment of hyperkalemia) can cause complications in the GI tract, including bleeding, perforated colonic ulcers, ischemic colitis and colonic necrosis, particularly in patients with uremia.

12. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts.

13. Benzoic Acid – Used in low sugar products. It can temporarily inhibit digestion and deplete glycine levels.

14. BVO – brominated vegetable oil. The toxic flame retardant chemical was first used to keep plastics from catching on fire. In the last decade we have seen it enter in a variety of foods to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids. It is found in certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks, including Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, and some Powerade flavors. (Gatorade announced it would remove the compound from its drinks in Spring 2013.) Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

15. Titanium dioxide: This was primarily used to make food look much whiter and thus convey a feeling of “clean”. Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, food companies add it to lots of things we eat, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. Titanium is a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

Also read:

1. DANGERS OF FOOD COLOR ADDITIVES http://txnaturalpediatrics.com/2013/08/12/dangers-of-food-color-additives/

2. Chemicals to Avoid: http://txnaturalpediatrics.com/resources/parenting/chemicals-to-avoid/

Source: Multiple including Wikipedia,

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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