Happy Halloween! We had a great one this year with your typical Anna and Elsa and a superhero (Hulk). The kids had fun! This year I handed out pretzels. I’m happy we did pretzels because we had about 5 kids and I can use them for the kids lunches instead of having candy around.

Taking a look at the packaging on most candy that is handed out for Halloween, and even M&M’s which are so common among children, you’ll notice some of the ingredients to be dyes, such as RED 5. YELLOW 5.  Eeek.

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M&M ingredients:

MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, COCOA BUTTER, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), SUGAR, CORNSTARCH, LESS THAN 1% – CORN SYRUP,DEXTRIN, COLORING (INCLUDES BLUE 1 LAKE, YELLOW 6, RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 2 LAKE, YELLOW 6 LAKE, BLUE 2), GUM ACACIA.

Butterfinger ingredients:

CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, GROUND ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, COCOA, MOLASSES, AND LESS THAN 1% OF WHEY, CONFECTIONER’S CORN FLAKES, NONFAT MILK, SALT, LACTIC ACID ESTERS, SOY LECITHIN, SOYBEAN OIL, CORNSTARCH, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID (TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS), YELLOW 5, RED 40.

Not only are the dyes harmful, but hydrogenated oils and soybean oil cause oxidative stress and cell damage, and cornstarch is from GMO corn. TBHQ has been shown to cause cancer in animals. Why are these found in candy marketed to children?

Food dyes have not only been shown to cause an increase in poor behavior among children with ADHD, but to cause cancer!

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From CSPI.com via 100 days of real food:

The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens,  says CSPI. Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.” FYI – According to Wikipedia, “A carcinogen is any substance … that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.” 

You can use natural dyes for natural colors!  India tree also makes natural food coloring from foods.  Here is a great site of what foods to use to make which colors!

 

Meal planning this week! 

Monday – Sweet potato and black bean chili with quesadillas
Tuesday –  Black bean burgers with rice and sweet potatoes
Wednesday – Quiche from the farmer’s market, my daughter’s favorite!!
Thursday – look up a recipe with smoked tofu or/and chicken recipe
Friday – pizza or something easy
Saturday – wing it ~ take out, etc
Sunday – rigatoni with turkey meatballs

Recipes to share:
I really wanted soup when we returned from a chilly weekend in DC on Sunday, and made this:
ROASTED GARLIC SOUP. Delicious!

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Comments

  1. I’d never really thought about the dyes in M&Ms. I dumped most of my kids candy, but kept the chocolate like M&Ms and Twix bars.

    The butterfingers look good, but seem like a lot of work!

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