The Latest News on Toxins in Kids' Foods Will Blow Your Mind

cerealI've seen headlines announcing toxins in our children's food, playgrounds, baby bottles, and anything else that comes in contact with our little ones, so many times that my eyes have started to glaze over. Which is ridiculous since these toxic dyes and chemicals are likely contributing to a higher rate of pediatric cancer here in the United States, ADHD, and those oh-so-annoying food allergies. However, something I read just woke me up and I have to say I am rightly pissed.

Did you know that as many organizations have been battling major food corporations to remove toxic dyes and preservatives from food marketed at our children, these same corporations have already done it -- in other countries?

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Yep, Kellogg's, Kraft, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart have removed artificial food colors and flavors from food distributed in other countries, but still feed it to ours here in America. What the holy heck?

So major companies can listen to consumers in the U.K. and replace toxic food coloring with natural ingredients, but not in the United States where they are located? Don't these people have their own children who live and eat here? Why is it okay to put American children at risk for cancer? It's not, and it's about time moms stood up and said something about it.

I know there are a lot of places I support by signing petitions and donating money to keep our families safe and healthy, but it's an even better idea to simply stop buying products from these companies who don't think our kids are worth protecting. I usually do buy natural, organic, non-toxic snacks for my kids but I can tell you I will be looking much closer at the labels going forward.

If Mars (the makers of M&Ms) can take the unhealthy dye out of their products in Europe, but not here, why should I keep buying them? There are plenty of other, healthier options for treats. And I'm guessing by stopping our regular purchase of M&Ms in America, we'll put a significant dent in the Mars bottom line.

Does this inequity make you angry enough to stop buying these brands?


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