Peanut butter cups are a popular candy, made of milk and dark or white chocolate cup, filled with peanut butter. The most popular brand in America is the Reese’s Peanut butter cups. They were created in 1928, by a dairy farmer known as H.B. Reese. And, even today, they are the favorite snack of many people.
This popular candy could, however, be harmful to your health over time. In this article, we describe why it is best to stop eating them all together.
Butter cups contain three chemicals that are harmful to your health and these include: soy lecithin, tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) and polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR). We will explain how each of these chemicals impact your health so that you can make sure you avoid consuming.
Studies show that about 93% of the soy used in processed food is genetically modified. Consequently, the soy lecithin found in butter cups is linked to damaging effects on reproductive system and fertility. Studies also suggest that it could cause cerebral and behavioral abnormalities, as well as breast cancer.
Although the FDA recognizes soy lecithin as safe for consumption, a good number of people who take it exhibit side effects that include diarrhea, bloating, stomach pains, skin rashes, and nausea.
It’s important to note that while fermented soy is a great source of probiotics, the soy found in soy lecithin is unfermented. Therefore, it’s not so good for your body.
Tertiary Butylhdroquinone (TBHQ)
TBHQ is a derivative of petroleum and it can be very toxic.Manufacturers use it in the form of butane for preserving processed food items. Common side effects of TBHQ include: delirium, nausea, ringing in ears, vomiting and sometimes loss of consciousness.
Studies have shown that TBHQ can cause damage to the umbilical cells and lungs in humans. Children who are exposed to this chemical have a greater risk developing ADHD, restlessness and anxiety.
Other studies shown that long-term use of this ingredient led to the development of cancerous gut growths in laboratory test animals. It also led to DNA mutation.
Some experts believe that this particular ingredient could have an impact on estrogen levels in women.
Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate (PGPR)
PGPR is extracted from castor beans and it’s usually added to chocolate to reduce its viscosity. Some studies suggest that it causes problems in the gastrointestinal system and could be responsible for some allergies in children.
Critics, however, argue that other ingredients found in butter cups could have similar side effects on both adults and children.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) affirms that PGPR is safe for consumption when used in right quantities. According to EFSA, it is neither a concern of carcinogenicity or genotoxicity. Some studies show that it has no adverse effects in human beings when used appropriately.
Given this information, will you continue to consume these butter cups? We will let you be the judge of that. However, processed foods contain a lot of chemicals most of which will affect our bodies negatively over time. If peanut butter cups are your snack of choice, it’s better to learn how to make them at home and thus avoid using any harmful chemicals.
Here’s is an amazing video that will show you how to make healthy peanut butter cups:
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