Fruit snacks are full of food coloring to make them more appealing to young children. Red 3, also known as erythrosine, is commonly used in fruit snacks as well as other snacks claiming to be healthy. Red 3 is most commonly known for causing thyroid tumors. It is commonly used in baked goods, candy, maraschino cherries, sausage casings, and many children's medication. Red 3 is also banned in the use of externally applied medications and cosmetics.
Homemade fruit roll-ups are easy to make and a great alternative to those heavily processed fruit snacks you find down the grocery aisle. To make these delicious treats, first puree a blend of frozen berries in a food processor. Spread the mixture evenly over a cookie tray and dehydrate in the oven on low heat for eight to nine hours. These homemade treats are fantastic in your child's lunch box that they are guaranteed to love!