For most of us, cereal is a staple food—we eat it for breakfast almost every morning. However, one worried mother’s Facebook post might have you double-checking the ingredient list on your cereal boxes.
Misty Lyn became concerned after an alarming rash appeared on her daughter Harper’s leg. Once she determined the cause, Lyn immediately took to Facebook to warn other parents.
After doing some research, Lyn concluded that the rash was caused by a new cereal Harper was eating.
Along with pictures of her baby girl’s irritated leg, she shared what she found.
While Lyn’s original Facebook post is no longer available to view, it was shared over 3,000 times.
It’s easy to dismiss Lyn’s post as an overreacting parent, but research shows there’s truth behind what she says.
Here’s the Apple Jack’s ingredient list, as provided by the official Kellogg’s website.
While the food dyes Lyn points out in her post are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, others are more wary.
According to WhyDye.org, Yellow #6 can lead to many problems in children; from stomach aches to hives, allergies, hyperactivity, mood swings and headaches.
Yellow #6 is reportedly banned in Norway and Austria.
Blue #1 can also be harmful—so much so, that the FDA has asked doctors to stop adding it to enteral feedings, after patients reportedly died from it. It can also cause metabolic acidosis and refractory hypotension.
Additionally, Red #40 has been found to have possible side effects that include headaches, hyperactivity, decreased concentration, and sleep disturbances.
BHT isn’t a food dye, but rather an antioxidant that works as a preservative. According to the FDA, it’s safe in small amounts. Chemical & Engineering News claims that there is “no scientific evidence that BHT is harmful in the amounts used in packaged food.”
It’s worth noting that other large companies, such as General Mills, have stopped using BHT in their cereals.
Many may say that parents like Lyn are being overprotective, and that these concerns are exaggerated. However, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to small children.