Cattle fed Skittles, gummy worms and other junk foods
I recently came across an article that I couldn’t believe. I had to recheck source over and over to make sure this wasn’t some type of “fake News” or click bait. What I found out was way more than I expected.
Last week a tractor trailer carrying a huge load of red Skittles tipped over and dropped the payload. The Dodge County Highway was totally painted red.
Only red Skittles?, Yeh, if thats not odd enough its going to get weirder. The deliver was for a local farmers to use as cow feed.
Candy corn is just cheaper
Unbelievable but true, the further I dug the more I found. It seem like this isn’t new. Back in 2012 CNN reported a similar headline. Corn prices have risen a modest amount, while the price of factory rejected candy is dropping.
“Candy companies decided to make a profit off what they would usually throw into landfills.
Heres a quote from John Waller, a professor of animal nutrition at the University of Tennessee:
“The Alternative would be to put it in a landfill”, “It’s a good way to get nutrients to these cattle”
So about red Skittles:
According to this site, Skittles uses red 40 to dye there products. An interesting tidbit about “red 40” is possible health risks. Here is just a few:
Health risks from Red 40 dye
- Lowers reproductive rates – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6636206
- Causes hyperactivity – cspinet.org/resource/do-artificial-food-colors-promote-hyperactivity-children-hyperactive-syndromes
- Allergic reactions
- Immune system tumor
- Anticipated to be a Carcinogen – https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/cresidine.pdf
- Decreased brain weight in rats
We all have heard the old saying, “you are what you eat”, but maybe there’s something to say about what you eat, eats..