SKITTLES: Taste the Rainbow

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Skittles-taste the rainbow….this is what the company advertises…I say, Really? Taste the rainbow?  Strawberry, orange, lemon, lime, and grape artificially flavored sugar balls dyed into pretty and tantalizing colors???  This is what the rainbow is supposed to taste like??  Wow, these candy companies are smart, they know how to advertise.  They take a product laced with chemicals, processed sugar, and dyes that are supposed to mimic fruit- but they don’t even taste remotely like the fruit it supposed to have come from!  When have you tasted a grape flavored candy that resembles the taste of a real grape?  I am tired of these companies spending millions of dollars on catchy slogans  and fabulous commercials that brain wash us into wanting their product- have you ever seen a commercial for fruit??  The only one I have seen with fruit in it was for underwear!  What are we eating when we pop these rainbow sugar balls in our mouths:

Ingredients:

Sugar, Corn Syrup (which is another form of sugar), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil (which is trans fat), Apple Juice from Concentrate, Less than 2% – Citric Acid, Dextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Gelatin, Food Starch-Modified, Coloring (Includes Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Lets focus on the highlighted ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and all of the food colorings.  If you read my post called “Sugar Shock” than you already have a good idea why the first ingredient is not good, the second ingredient is just another name for sugar.  Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil is TRANS FAT!!!  Whenever an ingredient is hydrogenated it is trans fat.  I will be doing a post soon explaining the process of trans fat and why it is not something we want to be consuming!!  Now let’s talk about the dyes.  Dyes in food are artificial colorings that are there to make food more appealing but they are extremely bad for us.  First, let’s talk about the difference between a dye with a number (Red40) and a dye that has the word “LAKE” after it (Red 40 Lake-this could also read Red 40 Aluminum).  A Lake is a solid, non water soluble form of the dye.  It is produced by mixing the dye with aluminum hydroxide- this helps to keep the color from coming off of the candy.  So the “Lakes” are the ones that coat the candies while the dyes with just numbers are actually used in the processing of the product.  All dyes contain metals such as mercury and lead.  There have been studies that link food dyes to cancer, allergies and behavioral issues in children.  The FDA has banned many food dyes after they have been proven to be toxic- they have yet to ban all of them- although other countries are banning the ones that we continue to consume.  Don’t wait for the FDA to announce the problem- research it and eliminate it from your and your families diet!!  Here’s the kicker: in a 2.17 oz bag of Skittles there is  251 calories, 3 grams of fat and 47 grams of sugar, if you were to buy the big bag and eat 1 cup full of skittles (which by the way isn’t hard to do when you are grabbing handfuls) it would amount to 830 calories, 9 grams of fat and 155 grams of sugar!!!  If these colorful balls are calling your name save yourself a trip to the store and just pour some sugar in a bowl, add some food coloring and stir- seriously you would be better off.  If you really want to taste the rainbow, walk through the produce section and look around- it is filled with the colors of the rainbow.

rainbowfruitHere are some ideas for colors:

RED: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, raspberries, red apples, strawberries, red peppers, tomatoes

ORANGE: cantaloupe, oranges, peaches, tangerines, carrots, orange peppers

YELLOW: lemons, mangoes, pineapples, bananas, grapefruit, yellow peppers, squash, corn

GREEN: avocados, green apples, pear, honeydew, kiwi, limes, broccoli, celery, cucumber, peppers, snap peas, spinach, zucchini, lettuce

BLUE/PURPLE: Blackberries, blueberries, plums, purple figs, purple grapes, eggplant

I hope your mouth is watering – not from the dyed sugar balls- but from thinking about all of this delicious produce!!  ENJOY!!

Remember to eat your F/V’s!!!!

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22 thoughts on “SKITTLES: Taste the Rainbow

  1. I never knew about the food coloring and how horrible it is. I can’t say I am too surprised. Those big companies could careless about people’s health. They just want to make $$$! Heading to TJ and Whole Foods today. I am going to try to find a new F and and a new V that I have not tried yet. I will let you know what I come up with. Great Job Sam!

    • Yes, there are so many things big companies will do for money…I wonder if the people who work for these companies and know about this stuff first hand consume their own products!!! Probably not!!! Good luck shopping today!!! I wish I was going to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods- which ones do you go to???

  2. Great post! Isn’t it unbelievable that other countries have banned certain food dyes and colors because they are carcinogens, but the USA continues to add this junk to foods? And to think that people give their kiddies handfuls of these toxic foods and call them “treats”. They ain’t no treat :)

    You made some really good points here and shared a lot of good info, thanks! I always like coming here.

    And yes, you now have me craving all those gorgeous fruits and veggies :)

    • Thanks Sheri!! It is crazy to me what is still legal in the US- but it doesn’t surprise me- everything is about money- it’s sad.
      I hear you about craving the F/V’s- my mouth was watering as I typed up the list of all of them!!!

  3. i never liked skittles very much. i always thought they were wayyyy too sweet, and they leave my mouth with that icky sticky sugar aftertaste.

    im more of a smarties person, and i know isn’t any better.

    the end of your post actually did make my mouth water, all those fruits and veggies sounds delicious! if only my mom would that the time and prepare them for me :) ahhahaha! i’m so lazy!

    • I’m glad you liked the post…fruits and veggies are lazy people food, LOL there is no prep work involved just wash and eat and some you wash, peel and eat!!!

  4. The pictures of the fruit lined up next to each other look so cool – almost as appealing as that mound of skittles ;).

  5. Those nutritional facts are STAGGERING by the way. I guess I would’ve considered skittles one of the more healthy candies…………. but I am WAY off.

  6. Hi rawkinmom, I’m doing a science fair project on candy chromatography, and I am wondering if you have any extra information about skittle dyes that i can use.

    THanks!

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  8. Great! I just read this after finishing a whole pack of them. It’s not the classic type; It has “crazy colors” with “Two Flavors In Each Piece”

    Oh, yippee..

    Thanks for this info! It’s so helpful (:

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  11. Great post! I totally agree with you. Not only are F & V better for you they really make you feel better too. I once heard that a person should eat only 3 tsp. of sugar a day. That’s not very much, but it’s possible. No wonder there are so many obese Americans. :(

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