At NutriNews, we are deeply concerned about food companies that prioritize profit over consumer well-being, especially when it comes to products consumed by children. One glaring example that has truly disappointed us is M&M's.
It's disheartening to discover that while M&M's in other countries use safer ingredients, the company has deceived us.
Despite Mars Candy's public announcement in 2016 that they would eliminate artificial colors from their candies, they have failed to follow through on their promise. It has been an astonishing seven years since then.
What's even more alarming is the stark contrast between the M&M's sold in the United States and those sold in the United Kingdom. While M&M's in the U.S. contain a staggering ten artificial colors, their counterparts in the U.K. have only one.
Why don't they offer the same M&M's everywhere? The answer lies in the difference in food regulations. Europe and the U.K. adopt a precautionary principle approach toward potentially risky food additives, leading them to ban or label such additives for the safety of their citizens.
This is precisely why artificial dyes like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 require a warning label in Europe and the U.K., indicating their potential adverse effects on children's activity and attention. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not prioritize the precautionary principle, waiting until additives are proven dangerous before taking action. This means Americans unwittingly become the subjects of ongoing experiments.
Time and again, companies have shown a propensity for using cheaper ingredients whenever possible, and artificial colors are a prime example due to their lower cost compared to natural alternatives.
Why does Blue 1 still appear in U.K. M&M's? Simply put, Blue 1 does not require a warning label, allowing the company to use it without the need for a cautionary message on their products. It's an unsettling revelation, isn't it?
However, the absence of a warning label does not make Blue 1 any safer to consume. Extensive research indicates that all artificial colors pose risks. They can disrupt the immune system, contain carcinogens, impair children's learning abilities, and have been linked to long-term health issues such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines.
Considering the millions of American children who enjoy M&M's, with these candies being synonymous with holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, it is crucial for Mars to honor its commitment to remove artificial dyes.
The most effective way to bring about change is to refrain from purchasing M&M's until they eliminate artificial dyes. Instead, we recommend opting for alternatives like YumEarth Choco Yums or Unreal Gems, which are free from artificial colors.
At NutriNews, we firmly believe that informed consumer choices can drive industry transformation and protect the health of our children.