By Daniel Bissonnette
Ten-year-old Daniel Bissonnette’s passion for healthy food has inspired him to become a very busy activist. At the March Against Monsanto events in Vancouver this year and last, he spoke eloquently about the dangers of GMOs and junk food. And in his interview with raw food advocate David Avocado Wolfe, he talked about how kids are being deceived by the food industry. He has also been featured in numerous YouTube videos. In the transcript below from his Youtube video, Don’t Eat Another Halloween Candy Before You Watch This! Daniel lets us in on the scariest part about Halloween – the candy! (Watch his other YouTube videos by searching for Daniel Bissonnette.)
What’s the scariest part about Halloween? The costumes, the decorations or what if it’s the very thing you never suspected – your candy?
How do you know your Halloween candy is, in fact, a treat and not a trick in disguise?
Ever wondered what it’s actually made of?
When was the last time you read the ingredient list at the back of your candy or chocolate wrapper?
What did you find or not find on the label?
Did you count the number of ingredients? How many are there?
Are you sure every single ingredient is actually listed? What if they skipped a few? I mean, why would anyone not want you to know what you’re eating?
Each year, Americans purchase 600 million tons of candy for Halloween, for a total of more than two billion dollars! On Halloween alone, the average kid consumes 3/4 of a pound of candy! But what do parents and US children really know about the safety of these “treats?” Join me, detective Daniel Bissonnette, for this special Halloween report. Are you ready to strip the colourful packaging off your candy to see what’s really hiding underneath? Is it a trick or a treat and what can you do to protect yourself?
You see, I’ve travelled to the farthest corners of the globe – or more like my local grocery store isles and computer – to unravel the great mysteries of popular Halloween candy once and for all. Turns out the top global confectionary companies including Hershey’s, Nestlé, M&M/Mars and Kraft all use the following unsafe ingredients in their chocolate and non-chocolate North American formulations:
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
- Artificial colours
But exactly how dangerous are these food additives anyways? Let’s have a look.
Turns out high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the cheapest, most widely used sweetener on the planet that will make you gain weight and take your health down faster than any other sweetener. In just 10 days of eating a diet high in HFCS, it can trigger early stages of diabetes and heart disease – 10 days?! It’s considered a major cause of obesity, and you know what? High-fructose corn syrup is as addictive as cocaine. How do you think Corn Candy got to be so popular? Oh, did I mention nearly all corn syrup is GMO? I’ll get to that later.
Artificial colours: OK, are you kidding me? Seriously, mom and dads, if you’re going to let us eat that, don’t even bother disciplining us later with “go to your room” or “behave.” It’s a biochemical reaction, OK? Besides, if anyone needs discipline, it’s probably you!
Did you read the studies linking food colouring consumption to hyperactivity, aggression, violent behaviour, temper tantrums, uncontrollable crying or ADD and even cancer? In the Lancet journal there was a study published that found food dyes to cause brain damage and even reduce IQ levels. Honestly, Smarties? I wonder how their sales would do if it they renamed it Dummies? I mean, it’s made from petroleum – the stuff that’s used to fuel your car and pave roads. No wonder it’s banned in Europe. Yes, that’s right, ask Kellogg’s and Kraft foods if all their UK products are free of artificial dyes.
And then there’s the Darth Vader of all ingredients: GMO’s
Remember my other video about Jack and the Sun Chips? Well, if you watched it, you’d know why you must stay away from Genetically Modified Organisms. Unless you want to end up like the rats in the Seralini study or turn your gut into a pesticide factory, stay away. The truth is unless it’s certified organic or non-GMO-verified, likely GMO’s are in all your Halloween candy hidden as “food-like substances in disguise” and you have no idea. GMO’s, in my opinion, are by far the freakiest tricks.
So now, let me ask you, is your Halloween candy a treat or a trick? To me, it sounds like a bunch of chemicals, drugs and genetically altered substances put together in happy, colourful packaging. You know, even pharmaceuticals come with a list of side effects and why wouldn’t they? They are also made with GMO’s and food colouring.
But, [you say] my favourite part about Halloween is the candy. What am I going to do now? Glad you asked. You see, you might not realize this, but you can change all of that. As tempting as it might be to point fingers and blame food manufacturers and authorities for the deteriorating quality of our food, I think it’s time we took a good look at ourselves and realized this would not have been possible without the billions of dollars we’ve handed them each year.
But how could they deceive us like this? A better question would be:
What can I do to make a difference?
Here are a few suggestions:
Buy GMO-free organic treats. Not only are they way tastier and healthier, but that’s how you vote “Yes” for more real food.
Spread the message; share the video with your friends. This way, they won’t think you’re weird and make the switch to healthy snacks too.
Start a local GMO-free Halloween Challenge – because local activist are global heroes.
No matter how you look at the end of the day, you and me, the little guys shopping for treats, are the ultimate rulers.
I’m Daniel Bissonnette; have an awesome Halloween!