While Reese’s started out with great ingredients the ingredients they use these days are what some might consider ‘questionable.’ Sure, they taste good, but are they something we should be eating?

Sure, as you do down the ingredients list things may look fine, but once you get to dissecting those letters and looking into what is really in your peanut butter cup you begin to notice all kinds of issues. Reese’s peanut butter cups come in all different shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean the small ones are any safer than the big ones if you are going to eat a peanut butter cup, make your own.

5 Reasons Why Peanut Butter Cups Are Not A Good Snack Choice:

1. Sugar

Well, right off the bat they are far too sugary. Since they are so delicious we end up eating way too many and taking in more sugar than we should. As you may notice on their ingredients list they have ‘sugar’ which in the world of food could refer to anything from lactose to glucose or fructose and everything in-between. Sure, in moderation if this was the only issue would be fine, but it is one of many issues.

2. Dextrose

Yes, it also contains a simple sugar known as dextrose which is known for increasing one’s blood sugar levels. This sugar is something we are already ingesting far too much of and it serves no real nutritional value. Now, don’t get me wrong dextrose is safer than some of the other ‘sugars’ on the market, but it can be dangerous given the amount we consume. It is also something those with a gluten allergy should be avoiding. Personally, I don’t see the need for so many different sugars in one product.


TBHQ stands for tertiary butylhydroquinone and is derived from petroleum. This is something that can be highly toxic and a mere 5 grams of it can actually kill you. It is used to prevent the oxidation of fats and oils in food which means it helps to extend shelf-life but that doesn’t mean it is safe. It can actually cause stomach cancer.

Potential health risk associated with this preservative include:




-Liver Toxicity

-Reproductive Mutations


This one is short for polyglycerol polyricinoleate and is being used as a replacement for cocoa butter. That being because it lowers the cost of production. This is something deemed safe by the FDA as long as we are restricting our intake to about 7.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Now, if you overdo things though, you could be putting yourself at risk for liver enlargement.

5. Soy Lecithin

This is one of the most widely used food additives on the market today and while it is considered to be safe by the FDA it is definitely not as safe as it is made out to be. Some of the most common side effects associated with the consumption of this are stomach pain, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. A study published in the journal Developmental Psychobiology actually suggests there may be worse side effects than that. It actually suggested soy lecithin may have something to do with brain function in a negative light.

Nothing is really safe anymore considering the state the FDA is in allowing so many unsafe chemicals and additives into our food. If you are like me peanut butter cups are a go to and while Reese’s may not be as healthy as they should be you can make some great much healthier peanut butter cups at home in your own kitchen. Check out the video below for a recipe that your whole family will love.

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