A Sweet Valentine’s Treat

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and soon, there will be sweets everywhere. Sugar is my personal weakness. Although it may be tempting to dive right into the chocolate, you may want to think twice, because there are many chemicals lurking in mass-produced sweets. Reese’s cups, for example, are known to contain a dangerous chemical made from petroleum called Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ. Many other well-known companies, such as Godiva and Russell Stover, use artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives (think Yellow #5!) in their chocolates.

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This year, instead of buying questionable sweets for your sweetheart, try an alternative! I highly recommend the Enjoy Life Brownie Mix I recently purchased at Wal-Mart. It was so easy to make these little cupcake brownies, and Enjoy Life’s mix is free of eight common allergens (including gluten) and doesn’t contain anything artificial.

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I finished by topping with a few fresh berries and crushed walnuts. Voila! A delicious treat minus the gross laboratory ingredients.

Keep it simple and sweet this Valentine’s Day. Browse the gluten-free or health food section of your local grocery store; you may be surprised at the natural alternatives to conventional snacks. Look for products that are free of artificial preservatives and colors, and be sure you can read and understand each ingredient listed. Laboratory ingredients like Tertiary Butylhydroquinone wouldn’t be found in your pantry next to the flour and sugar, and therefore, they don’t belong in your food!

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Sources:

“Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Too Cheap and Full of Toxic Chemicals.” Living Traditionally.

“Are You Getting Conned by Cheap & Toxic Chocolate?” Food Babe.

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