Candy is irresistible for some of us, and while we love treating ourselves to our favorite type, you may want to reconsider yours if it is M&M’s. Yes, they taste delicious, but if you know anything about them, you would be sure to steer clear of them entirely.

Not only are they ‘not good for you’ in regard to your weight, and in consideration of their sugar count, they are also loaded with a number of horrible things that aren’t fit for human consumption.

On top of that, they can leave your system permanently damaged, and full of toxic chemicals. But after digging into some deep research, I found that their ingredients weren’t the worst thing they were hiding, and while m&ms were once my favorite, I will never touch them ever again!

Red M&M’s haven’t always been legal.

During 1976, the color that is used to make red M&M’s that beautiful red hue, FD&C Red #2 was mad illegal. It was actually considered to be a carcinogen, or a chemical that is known to cause cancer. Sadly, money won, as apparently, many people can’t resist the red ones. Especially children.

Gum Acacia

Used in M&M’s for its gluey quality, this substance is quite dangerous for you. In fact, it can cause stomach issues, bloating, and gas. Furthermore, women who breastfeed are advised to not eat it.

The Dyes….

Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are all terrible for your body. All of them contain known carcinogens, making me wonder, how are they legal?!

They contain Soy Lecithin

As an extract of soybean oil, soy lecithin is actually an emulsifier used for M&M’s that is used to bind the water and oil inside the candy. Unfortunately, it mimics estrogen in your body, and can increase your risk of breast cancer.

They are actually ripped off from another company.

Georgia ladies ate these candies, which were known as smarties at the time. While the original chocolate candy didn’t have the coating, they added it later, because the chocolate stained the gloves of the women who ate them. The ‘inventor’ of the M&M’s saw the candies while visiting overseas, and then came back to invent them.

They are se!ist. (According to advertising experts.)

Ms. Green, donning go-go boots, was the only female spokesperson for the brand for years. Jezebel referred to the candy’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition inspired commercial proof that sexist advertising was still alive and well in the 21st century.

They have ties to child labor.

Brian O’Keefe went to West African in 2016, in attempts to see if the chocolate industry’s ties to child labor had changed, but unfortunately he found more of the same. In spite of the government’s efforts to phase child labor out completely, there were still teenagers being trafficked to the Ivory Coast to work on slave labor cocoa farms, where 70 percent of the chocolate comes from in the industry (including M&M’s.)

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