Easter Bunny Alert! Caffeine in Jelly BeansBy
Nutrition Data Exposed- Processed Foods- The Jelly Bean
Today’s profiled processed food in “Nutrition Data Exposed” are the multi-colored, Easter time favorite candy……The Jelly Bean.
A few days ago I made my weekly trip to Costco with my kids to buy groceries for the week. My three year old Max was sitting in the shopping cart singing songs, hoping that they were giving out some yummy food samples. My two year old little girl Sophie was holding my hand with eager delight hoping that the “play house” was still there that has been displayed for the last two weeks.
Then all of a sudden, Sophie released my hand and ran up toward this HUGE display of brightly colored jelly beans. It felt like this sugared rainbow display drew Sophie to it as if there was as a secret spell around each and every glowing colored jelly bean.
“There is a PINK ONE” Sophie said.” Being a 2 year old little girl, the color pink means EVERYTHING! Perhaps marketing companies know this about little girls which is why they added several variations of pink to the jelly beans.
As the magical brightly colored jelly beans drew my kids in like magnets, (probably backed by millions of dollars of research of how to attract kids,…….one mommy against millions of dollars of marketing,…………………I told my little ones that they were a type of candy called a jelly bean.
I explained to my kids that jelly beans were a type of candy that was really sweet, it may taste good for a moment, but it is loaded with all types chemicals and artificial colors and it isn’t good to help their bodies grow strong and feel good. Not everything that tastes good at the moment is something you should eat I explained to my little ones.
Little kids as young as 2 and 3 listen to information like this, absorb it and really understand. It really is amazing!
Jelly Bean Ingredient List
I about fell over when I was reading the ingredient list of the Jelly Beans. If it is not bad enough to eat a jelly bean candy that has 63 ingredients in it, notice that the last ingredient on this list of jelly bean ingredients is caffeine. Not to mention that coffee is also listed as ingredient #58.
The 63rd ingredient listed on these jelly beans is CAFFEINE!
List of Ingredients:
#2. Corn Syrup
#3-50 Chemicals and a little tiny bit of fruit concentrate…..etc Malic Acid, Phosphoric acid, Ascorbic Acid…….Lots of acid type ingredients
#50-60: Artificial Flavors and Artificial Food Dye Colors including: Red 40 Lake, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red 40, Blue 1
#58. Coffee? (Is that coffee flavoring, or did they also put coffee in the jellybeans?)
#59 Beeswax- Did you know that Beeswax is used in shoe and furniture polish? Yummy…eat up!
#61. Carnauba Wax- Did you know this wax is used to provide a shiny finish on car wax and in many cosmetics?
#63. Caffeine- I certainly do not want to feed my 2 and 3 year old kids eating any of the ingredients in jelly beans, let alone caffeine!
The Easter Bunny May Want To Reconsider Giving Candy That Has 63 Ingredients In It Including Caffeine
Can you imagine baking something at home that requires 63 ingredients! Imagine shopping for all those ingredients and then mixing them all together. At your 63rd ingredients….AHHHHH finally my cookies are done. No one would ever bake anything if it required 63 ingredients to make something!
With Easter approaching and jelly beans being a popular candy for the Easter Bunny to fill Easter baskets with, I hope the Easter Bunny first reads the food label of ingredients before adding them.
I don’t think the Easter Bunny would want to give our kids chemicals and caffeine, do you?