March 11, 2014 by Mike Lamitola
There’s nothing I enjoy more than reading ingredients with my Peeps! (I also like golfing)
When it comes to food sold in a package, the most important information can be found in the Ingredients list. It’s amazing things like this are targeted to children!
A few notable items in Peeps, the Marshmallow Chickens:
Sugar, Corn Syrup (more Sugar), Gelatin (see below) – Additives:
Tartrazine – Or “yellow 5” — Has been linked to everything from Severe Allergic Reactions to Hyperactivity in Children to Cancer – https://www.cspinet.org/new/201006291.html
Carnauba wax – made from the leaves of the palm tree. Carnauba wax is used to give a glossy shine to food like peeps and also cars, surf boards, guitars and shoes (all found in the wax/polish). While it does come from the Palm Tree, it is ultimately bleached with chemicals to become the product we might find here.
Gelatin is made from the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones. The extraction process includes diluted acids to remove the other ingredients not wanted. If you are trying to avoid animal products, Gelatin should be on that list of things to avoid.
Food Coloring in general:
A few common food colorings found in foods are red 40, yellow 5 and blue 1. Red 40 and blue 1 are mostly made from petroleum. These have already been banned in many European countries (Denmark, Belgium and France)
Even with those bans, they are still widely used and allowed in the U.S.