We had lots of lovely feedback from the Additive Free Kids community that our Easter Egg Review really helped them!  Additive Free Kids was able to do the hard work to make it easier for you!

So today we are going to look at some mini eggs currently on the supermarket shelves:

M&M Speckled Eggs

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Milk chocolate 63% (Sugar, milk solids, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat, emulsifiers (soy lecithin, 476), salt, flavours), Sugar, rice crisps 12% (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt, glucose syrup), starch, glucose syrup, colours (171, 129, 102, 110, 133), vegetable gum (414), thickener (dextrin), glazing agent (903)

M&M Mini Eggs

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Sugar solids, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, vegetable emulsifier (soy lecithin), starch, glucose syrup, colours (171, 129, 102, 110, 133) vegetable gum, thickener (dextrin), glazing agent, flavours

Cadbury Dairy Milk mini

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Full cream milk, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, milk solids, emulsifiers (soy lecithin, 476), flavours

Let’s have a look at the additives that we would recommend avoiding in each:

1. M&M Speckled Eggs

  • Colours (potential effects can include):
    • 102 – aggressive behaviour, headaches, insomnia, learning difficulties, skin irritations, asthma
      110 – diarrhoea, hayfever, hyperactivity, skin irritations, asthma
      129 – hayfever, hyperactivity, nausea, tantrums, skin irritations
      133 – asthma, hyperactivity, skin irritations
  • Flavours – manufacturers are not required to disclose what is included in this label, as it may be their ‘trade secret’.  This could include a huge list of ingredients! So it is impossible to know.  Normally on all products there should be a consumer help line, you can call them and ask!
  • Barley malt extract – is an additive that frequently includes MSG (free glutamic acid) – it is addictive and makes you want to eat lots of them!!  The effects of MSG can include asthma, hyperactivity, nausea, migraines etc

2. M&M Mini Eggs

The ingredients are virtually identical to the speckled eggs with the exception of barley malt extract.

3. Cadbury Dairy  Milk Eggs

With the exception of flavours as discussed above, no other additives to avoid.

Which eggs would you prefer your kiddies had for Easter?

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