Everyone's had a Reese's peanut butter cup at some point in their lifetime. They're the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter, but you may not know that they can be detrimental to your health.
The main reason for caution is some of the questionable ingredients that make up those chocolatey-peanut butter cups. One of the ingredients found, soy lecithin, is 93% genetically modified according to research. Soy lecithin has been found to have detrimental effects on fertility and reproduction. It has also been linked to breast cancer.
PGPR, short for polygycerol polyricinoleate, is another ingredient you should look out for. The manufacturer of this popular candy replaced cocoa butter with PGPR to lower the cost of production. It has been connected to gastrointestinal problems and allergic reactions in children.
TBHQ is the last toxic ingredient in this product. It's derived from petroleum and can have side effects such as vomiting, delirium, and collapse. Children who are exposed to this chemical may show anxiety, restlessness, and increased ADHD symptoms.
Next time you eat these, eat them in moderation or make your own organic peanut butter cups with this simple recipe!
- 12 muffin tin liners
- 12 ounces of organic dark chocolate
- 1 cup of organic peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic salt
- Make the muffin cups more shallow by trimming them.
- Using a small saucepan, melt the chocolate on low heat while stirring continually. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes and be careful not to overcook.
- Using a teaspoon, put chocolate portions into the muffin cups.
- Place the whole muffin tin into the fridge to solidify.
- In a medium bowl, mix the organic peanut butter, raw honey and salt.
- Once the chocolate in the fridge has hardened, heat the peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat to soften it.
- Put a small portion of peanut butter into each of the chocolate-coated cups leaving some room at the top for another layer of chocolate.
- Store the cups in the fridge for 10 minutes, then spread and flatten the peanut butter.
- Put the cups back in the fridge for 1 hour or until the peanut butter hardens.
- When the peanut butter is ready, rewarm the remaining chocolate and add a layer to the top of each candy.
- Cool it once again in your fridge until the chocolate hardens.