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:
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.
Here 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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