There are some snacks, however, that are worse for you and your kids than others. When I think of petroleum, I think of oil fields and putting gas in my car. I had no idea that it was also used in some common treats that are marketed to children. Usually, the petroleum products are in dyes used to create bright colors, and those dyes have been linked to many conditions, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions. Here are some snacks to avoid.

1. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese uses artificial dyes made with petroleum, like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6.

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2. Some Pop-Tarts use Red 40 dye, and most use Synthetic B6, made up of hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and petroleum ester.

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3. Fruit Roll-Ups use dyes like Red 3, but the good news is that it’s easy and fun to make all natural versions at home.

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4. Even crackers like these can have hidden dangers. Club Crackers contain tertiary butylhydroquinone (THBQ), a controversial ingredient responsible for keeping certain oils from spoiling.

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5. Say it ain’t so! Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 are all found in M&Ms.

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6. Just like the macaroni and cheese, Cheetos have Yellow 6 dye, but they also contain methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenylglicidate. All three ingredients are derived from petroleum.

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