Lawmakers in California just passed a bill that will ban 4 artificial ingredients from our food, but it’s not all that it seems. There’s some good news and bad news!
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Effective in 2027, food brands will no longer be able to use brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and red 3 in California.
Food brands will likely remove these ingredients from all products they sell in the entire U.S., because it would be too difficult to remove them just in California. Also, this paves the way for other states to enact similar legislation.
But here’s what you still need to watch out for…
You’ll find Red 3 in some foods like Hot Tamales and some Funfetti products, but they will very likely replace it with Red 40, another artificial dye that’s linked to health problems.
Which leads me to the really bad news:
Titanium Dioxide was removed from the bill!
This ingredient was BANNED in Europe after it was linked to cancer last year, but remains in over 11,000 products in U.S. grocery stores such as Skittles and Pop Tarts. So now it appears that it will remain in our food for a very long time.
This is why waiting for the government to ban these chemicals is a losing strategy.
The best way to get companies to remove toxic ingredients, is to STOP buying their products. Vote with your dollars.
For example, instead of buying Skittles for Halloween treats this year…Buy YumEarth’s brand: Giggles.
To give you more examples…
Here are HALLOWEEN CANDY SWAPS from my new book Food Babe Family:
Here are quick links to buy these candies online, and don’t forget to add Food Babe Family to your cart while you’re shopping!
- Alter Eco Silk Velvet Truffles
- UNREAL Milk Chocolate Gems
- Ocho Caramel Minis
- Lovely Organic Lollipops
- YumEarth Halloween Variety Pack
- Justin’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Ocho Peppermints
- Heavenly Organics Mint Chocolate Honey Patties
- Food Babe Family – My new cookbook!
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- Navigating over-processed food at schools, parties, traveling & more
- Processed food swaps
- Best (and Worst) Beverages for Kids
- Packing yummy school lunches
- Buying the healthiest food for your family
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And if you know someone who needs these Halloween Candy Swaps, please share this with them!
P.S. There is going to be a MAJOR update to the introduction of Food Babe Family. Something happened in the last few weeks that completely shocked and derailed me, and I’m going to tell you the whole story on Instagram Live on Monday night! Mark your calendar to tune in on Monday, October 16th at 9pm EST. This was eye opening for me, and will be for you too.