☀️Summer items? – Popsicles
When I think of summertime, I automatically think beaches, swimming, and popsicles.
My kids (and husband) love all sorts of popsicles… fudgesicles, creamsicles, fruit bars, otterpops, and more. Unfortunately, so many contain loads of sugar, artificial dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, and more.
It’s really easy for me to make a homemade popsicle with good fruit juices or electrolyte mixes.
But when it comes to fudgesicles, creamsicles, and cookie bars, I don’t spend the time to make from scratch. Instead I use these from Goodpops. They are organic, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and low in sugar! ????And made from whole food ingredients. Such a win win!
Here are a few reminders…
Remember that the American Heart Association recommends children should have less than 25 grams of sugar a day. Some popsicles have that and more in one popsicle. (1)
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the food dye yellow 5 showed genotoxicity (this refers to a toxin that damages DNA molecules in genes) in 6 out of 11 studies. They also state, “The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens.” The definition of carcinogen is “a substance or agent causing cancer”. They also found that “numerous studies have found that mixtures of dyes cause hyperactivity and other behavioral impairments in children.” (2,3,4)
So what do the other popsicle brands use if they don’t use food dyes? Natural colors from fruits and vegetables!??
This vague term can be a mixture of more than 100 chemicals, synthesized in a lab. It can include preservatives, solvents or chemicals, among other things. (5)
Look for Goodpops in your stores and when on sale grab a few!
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