M&Ms And Other Candies
These bite-sized treats, along with many other colorful chocolate-coated candies, contain the food colorings red 40, blue 1, blue 2, yellow 6, and yellow 5. Blue 2 has been associated with tumor development in the bladder and brain. Blue 1 inhibits nerve cell development. Red 40 is the most widely used food coloring. It causes hypersensitivity or allergy-like symptoms in children. Red 40 has also been linked to hyperactivity in children.
Yellow 6 causes adrenal tumors and allergic-like reactions in children. To avoid giving your child these tasty candies, make a homemade batch of M&M alternatives to avoid food colorings and dyes. Melt equal parts coconut oil, raw honey, and raw cacao powder together in a saucepan over low heat. Dip raw peanuts or other nuts into the mixture and set aside to harden.