RedAlert: Popular Candies that are Causing Cancer | Uncovering the Consequences of Red-40

It’s widely known that over-indulging in sugar has its consequences – weight gain, tooth decay, and an increased risk of diabetes. But when it comes to some of your favorite candies on the shelves today, there is a real possibility that their ingredients could be putting you at risk for something much more serious: cancer.

Do you know which seemingly harmless, popular candy is secretly a cancer-causing danger in disguise? Red Dye 40. While it’s commonly found in almost every candy aisle and snack food package – from lollipops to chips & salsa – there have been alarming links made between this red dye and different types of cancers! Are people are unknowingly damaging their health each time they reach for that alluring red package? Read on to uncover the consequences of Red-40 as we discuss its prevalence, potential effects, and how you can avoid these dangerous chemicals if you choose to.

We looks into these products and unveils the truth behind red food dye number 40 (Red-40) – an FDA approved additive used by manufacturers which can have potentially toxifying effects to our bodies in the long run. Read more as we uncover exactly what hidden dangers come with devouring our beloved sweets!
ReadIs Your Diet Bringing You Closer To Health Risks? Unpacking the Dangers of Red-40 in the Grocery Aisles


Here is a list of the most popular brands that sell candy and sweets products that may contain Red 40, along with some individual products to avoid:


  • Smarties Candy Rolls
  • Twizzlers Strawberry Twists
  • Snickers
  • Smarties
  • Razzles
  • Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
  • Red Hots
  • Now and Later
  • Brach’s Gummy Bears
  • Lemonhead
  • Baby Ruth
  • Snickers
  • Milky Way

  • Mentos Chewy Mints
  • Zotz Fizzy Candy
  • Jolly Rancher Chews
  • Mamba Fruit Chews
  • Hi-Chew Fruit Chews
  • Runtz
  •  Reese’s Pieces
  • Twizzlers Strawberry Twists
  • Jolly Rancher Original Hard Candy
  • York Peppermint Patties

  • Kit Kat
  • Butterfinger
  • SweeTARTS
  • Crunch Bar
  • Nerds
  • Baby Ruth 
  • Airheads
  • Chupa Chups
  • Razzles
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Almond Joy
  • Whoppers
  • Dots
  • Mike and Ike
  • Dubble Bubble Gum
  • Pop Rocks
  • Ring Pop
  • Sour Patch Kids

  • Swedish Fish
  • Sour Patch Watermelon
  • Dentyne Fire Spicy Cinnamon Gum
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Bar
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Juicy Fruit Gum
  • Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum
  • Warheads Extreme Sour Candy
  • Brach’s Gummy Bears
  • Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
  • Twizzlers Rainbow Twists
  • Fruittella
  • Life Savers Gummies

  • Haribo GoldBears
  • Haribo Happy Cola
  • Haribo Twin Snakes
  • Haribo Sour Streamers
  • Haribo Peaches
  • M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Reese’s Fast Break
  • Reese’s Stuffed with Pieces
  • Tootsie Roll
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Airheads Xtremes Bites
  • Nerds Rope
  • Sour Patch Watermelon

  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (various flavors)
  • Jelly Belly Sour Beans
  • Jelly Belly Sours Mix
  • Jelly Belly Fruit Bowl Mix
  • Jelly Belly Kids Mix



Red-40 can be found in a surprising amount of food and beverages. It is important to become informed about the food products you are consuming, especially those with synthetic food additives, so that you can make an informed choice about what you are eating. Our blog post provides an eye-opening list of candy and other sweet products that contain this harmful additive so that you can keep aware and stay safe.

If you want to further avoid artificial ingredients, be sure to check out our other blog post on healthy candy alternatives, free of any synthetic additives! So take a proactive stance on your health and make it your goal to fill up your pantry with only whole plant based foods and use these assessments for luxury purchases where natural alternatives don’t exist yet. You will soon find that healthier living is actually effortless! With our reliable information and resources to help guide smarter lifestyle decisions, living a wholesome life doesn’t have to be challenging or time consuming.

Please note that this list includes some popular candy brands and their products that may contain Red 40, but certainly the list is much more extensive than we could provide. Be sure to always check the nutrition labels before consuming, especially as the availability and ingredient formulations may change over time. Always check the ingredient list on the specific product packaging for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


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