For most parents of small children, few fears are as intense as those that pertain to their little one’s health. That’s precisely why it was so terrifying for Misty Lyn when she walked into her house and noticed her toddler, Harper, was suffering from some sort of strange rash on her leg.
After a hurried trip to the doctor’s office helped Misty determine the cause of the mysterious rash, she took to Facebook to warn other parents about something you’d least expect: a popular breakfast cereal.
A mom named Misty Lyn posted on Facebook after her toddler suddenly developed a terrible rash on her leg.
“Had to take Harper to the doctor’s today. Had no clue what gave her this rash until Steve told me that she had Apple Jacks cereal for the first time this morning. Poor girl!” she detailed in her Facebook post.
“Apple Jacks has the most popular food dyes known to cause behavioral problems in children; yellow 6, blue 1, red 40 and BHT,” she continued. “These food dyes are now illegal in Europe, but perfectly acceptable in America.”
Misty goes on: “BHT is a common stabilizer in pesticides, gasoline, lubricants, and soaps, but is also found in Apple Jacks. Yellow 6 has been linked to tumors in lab mice and red 40 has been known to cause severe allergic reactions.”
Misty’s assessment is backed up by a lot of science. Yellow dye #6, which is found in thousands of products like Apple Jacks, is banned in Norway and Finland.
Red dye 40, which requires special labels in many countries and is banned in others, is a highly refined petrochemical and has a number of side effects. Though not all dyes are bad for you, it could be that Harper was suffering from a reaction to any one of these.