I have a sweet tooth, just like the next person. I reach in the goodie bag from the latest 3-year old’s birthday party we attended and pull out a Tootsie Roll. Ooooh, that will hit the spot. Then, I look at the label. What is in a tasty Tootsie Roll anyway? Boy, they sure pack a lot in one small punch…and by a lot, I mean a lot of CRAP. Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup (GMO), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (transfats & GMO: a lucky 2-for-1 special), Soybean Oil (GMO), Condensed Skim Milk (non-organic dairy product), Cocoa, Whey, Soya Lecithin (GMO), Artificial Flavors (chemical additives that have adverse health effects in small children). Icky. I surreptitiously replaced “the goodies” with some organic gummy bears and stickers we had in the pantry and my daughter will never know the difference or miss the heinous ingredients found in a Tootsie Roll. Would one Tootsie Roll harm my daughter? No, but with all of the other chemical inputs coming at us, why waste an easy opportunity to avoid one?

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