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June 7, 2017

Avoiding the Artificial


Did you know that your brain naturally interprets colorful food as healthy and nutritious? Or that the artificial dyes in food actually tell your brain to say, “I’m healthy. Eat me!” Clearly this couldn’t be further from the truth. So be sure to read the ingredient labels on the foods you choose.

Watch out for artificial colors like Yellow 5, Red 40 or Blue 2. Some have been linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in children. Instead, consider products with natural colors, like black carrot juice and organic turmeric — the same ingredients in Surf Sweets candy.

Whenever possible, stay away from unhealthy sweeteners too. Sucralose, isomalt and high fructose corn syrup are common culprits. Look for labels with better-for-you ingredients like organic cane sugar and organic grape juice. They’re just as deliciously sweet without any “artificialness.”

Speaking of organic, we also want to mention why choosing organic ingredients is important. All Surf Sweets candy, for instance, is made with organic cane sugar to eliminate the possibility of exposure to harmful chemicals, like pesticides and fertilizers. It’s better for you and better for the planet — what could be sweeter than that?