October 17, 2012

Toxic Halloween: Gimbal's Fine Candy Full of Artificial Colors and Flavors

Sometimes, I really wonder how we get certain products sent to us. We are a natural living blog!

Halloween is rapidly approaching. It is a time when children and adults dress up in costumes and consume large amounts of candy. This celebration of ghosts and ghouls does not have to include toxic substances, but unfortunately, for most, the candy they consume is full of chemical colors and flavors.

We were sent Gimbal's Fine Candies Gourmet Jelly Beans, 41 Flavors:

We want parents and families everywhere to know that Gimbal's Fine Candy is a safe and delicious treat for everyone to appreciate, even despite food allergies. Recent studies show that 1 in 12 children are living with a food allergy, and many parents worry about the contents of food and the facilities in which the food was produced.

Gimbal's Fine Candies products AND facilities are free of the eight most common food allergens (tree nuts, milk, egg, gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish), eliminating the risk of cross contamination. Countless customers have reiterated to us how our for making candy available to them despite their food allergies.

They may be free of such common food allergens, but Red 40, Red 3, Blue1 Lake, etc., are also suspected causes of ADHD and other health problems. Livestrong.com explains:
Behavior Issues
Some children may be particularly sensitive to artificial dyes, including Red 40, and for these children consuming this food coloring can increase behavioral issues and lead to hyperactivity, attention problems, irritability, learning problems, aggressiveness and restlessness. Eliminating these artificial colors from the diet of sensitive children may lower or eliminate their need for ADHD medications, according to a June 2008 article posted on CBSNews.com.
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DNA Damage
A number of tests have shown that Red 40 given to mice can damage their DNA, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Although some of the tests were negative, those involving the liver, colon and glandular stomach were positive. These results may not carry over to humans, but do show a potential harmful effect from consuming Red 40.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest notes that the tests done in the 1970s using mice were problematic and not conclusive as to the potential cancer risk of consuming Red 40. Compounds in Red 40 have been linked to cancer, according to Columbia University Medical Center, including 4-aminobiphenyl and benzidine. Tests have also found cancer-causing contaminants in this food coloring, including p-cresidine and aniline.

The outside of the Gimbal's package promotes the products as "Made with real fruit juice" and "A good source of antioxidant vitamin c". I think it should come with a warning about chemical colorants.

We were sent more than just the jelly beans, but I am so disgusted, I won't even list them here.  I will not try this product. I will not let my children consume it either.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at October 17, 2012 9:40 AM

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