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8 thoughts on ““California bill would ban the sale of Skittles””
I went to see a documentary last week where I learned that skittles are the closest thing we have to ambrosia aka the food of the gods.
SPOILERS if you want to watch the documentary yourself.
Apparently, unicorns love skittles. Skittles came in very handy, when most of the children in a Philadelphia foster family had their super powers taken away by an angry, evil daughter of Atlas the Titan. Using skittles they were able to convince the unicorns to help them stop the magical beasts ravaging in downtown Philadelphia. The one boy who had managed to hold onto his magical powers was able to stop the evil daughter (who bore an amazing likeness to Lucy Liu). Unfortunately, the boy was killed and Citizens Bank Park was destroyed. But it all turned out OK when the demigod daughter of Zeus was able to restore the boys magic which brought him back to the land of the living. The boy was then able to restore the powers of his foster siblings. Citizens Bank Park was still destroyed, but that’s OK with me. I’m a Mets fan.
If California wants to ban skittles, they will just have to live without unicorns. That’s fine with me. More skittles and unicorns for the rest of us.
This is from another discussion board of the additives that would be banned, and the alternatives. It’s interesting how Republicans forced the media to say stuff like ‘what is referred to as the ‘don’t say gay’ bill’ for instance (when it pretty much says ‘don’t say gay’ in the legislation’ but, the same falsely referred to as liberal media doesn’t feel any need to use an accurate headline like ‘Democratic legislation would ban some additives in some candies.’
Brominated vegetable oil is an emulsifier used in some beverages to ensure citrus flavors stay well-mixed throughout the drink. It’s mostly been phased out in the U.S.; Coke removed it from their product line in 2014, Mountain Dew (one of the last holdouts) switched in 2020. Some of the store brands still have it, but replacements clearly exist in the market. Messes with your brain.
Potassium bromate is an oxidizing agent added to bread; it incorporates more air and makes the bread more springy. There are numerous alternatives but, again, some of them cost slightly more (and you might need a range of alternatives for different types of manufacturing processes). Causes cancer in rats.
Propylparaben is a preservative most commonly used in cosmetics, but also found in a handful of packaged foods. Most of the concern around it is as an endocrine disruptor; lots of cosmetics brands are now marketing themselves as “paraben free,” so the alternatives are pretty well-established.
The other two are dyes; Red No. 3 makes things a bright cherry red, titanium dioxide makes other colors look more vivid.
Thanks for some sanity.
I think warning labels where possible are fine, and I don’t know if the amounts of the chemical compounds used are safe or not, but apparently the E.U has banned the use of these chemical compounds in food and Skittles and the like are still sold there. The purpose of some of these additives is to make the food more addictive. It’s not a surprise that the corporations affected would be a sensationalist spin on it and that the media outlet would fall for it.
Nanny state screwing with my sugar rush? Why yes, that was the sound of a shotgun racking. Why do you ask?
“These chemicals have been linked to […] behavioral issues in children”
Bad parenting would like to have a word.
“First, they came for the Mallomars. But I did not like Mallomars, so I kept quiet…”
I would have taken a 10 to 1 bet that this was a headline for the Onion.
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