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Rice Krispy Treats – Could be harmful to your health!

As Halloween and other school holidays approach the kiddos will be having lots of school parties, which means a lot of junk food. I know, I know….Halloween is only one time a year. Thanksgiving is one time a year. Christmas is one time a year. Birthdays comes once a year.  When you add all the holidays, special occasions, weekends etc.. it becomes all the time,which means they are ingesting toxic ingredients….yes toxic. So I’ve made a point to make as much of my food as possible using real ingredients. Yes, it takes a bit longer but in the end I know that my child isn’t eating something with artificial dyes and ingredients. I feel a little bit better giving them those sweet treats when we know what’s in it.

So today we are going to compare Rice Krispy Treats. The ones you make traditionally or buy traditionally and then show you some healthier options. Rice Krispy Treats have been a long time favorite of kids and, yes..adults too for years. But, these tasty little treats are made with, ok I’ll say it…toxic ingredients.

Healthy vs Traditional rice krispy treats logo

OK…lets get down to it. Marshmallows is pretty much the main ingredient in traditional rice crispy treats.

Marshmallow Ingredients

Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Corn Starch Modified, Water, Gelatin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, A Whipping Aid, Flavors Artificial Colors, Blue 1  

Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate is a odorless powder used to preserve some foods and also used in making some household cleaners, water softeners, metal cleaners and oil well drilling.

Lets move onto the cereal in traditional rice crispy treats….

Whole grain rice brown rice, sugar, less than 2% salt and BHT for freshness.

Now you may think that the cereal is OK, well it’s better than most cereals but what about that strange BHT. What the heck is that? Let me tell you..

BHT is actually Butylated Hydroxytoluene which is a common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics. BHT is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. The MSDS warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage. SAY WHAT?!?!

Now if you purchase pre-made rice krispy treats this is what you are getting….


Traditional Rice Crispy Treats Ingredients


Now that you’ve seen the facts of what’s really in the traditional Rice Krispy Treats you may want to try an alternative. Well, I’ve got a few options for you! First, you could make your own tasty Rice Krispy Treats using healthier ingredients. It takes the same amount of time and kids love them. I just made these healthy rice krispy treats with my cooking class and they were a huge hit, and my own kids can’t get enough. I cut my in squares and placed them in the freezer. When the kids are good and want a special treat I can take one out.

If you don’t have time to make your own you can purchase Nature’s Path Rice Crispy Bars. They come in a few different flavors and are organic and non-gmo verified!

We can still have fun eating sugary treats but if you can use ingredients that are not filled with chemicals…..why wouldn’t you?

Looking to get grossed out even more? Check out these 12 dangerous ingredients that shouldn’t be allowed in our foods.

What are some traditional treats that you choose to make instead of buy?


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12 Responses to Rice Krispy Treats – Could be harmful to your health!

  1. Carrie MkgLemonade October 27, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    It made me so sad when I saw that Rice Krispies had BHT in them. I mean, WHY? WHY do they need it? Surely they can find a way not to use it. Thanks for the info and a healthier way.

    • Trina October 27, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      I know they can because they are not allowed to use BHT or any other toxic chemicals in foods in 60 other countries…surely they can find a a way here in the US. Gets me all kinds of fired up! LOL

  2. Jo-Lynne Shane October 27, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    You’re such a spoil sport, Trina!! ha! I hear ya… it’s so gross. I cringe to think of all the crap my kids ingest in a given day. Now that they’re not under my thumb all the time, they gets all sorts of nasty stuff. I’m going to try your healthier version and see how they like them.

    • Trina October 27, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      I know! I know! It does spoil things just a bit but I hope when posting things like this will help educate people to look at the ingredients in the foods we are eating. My boys are eating more junk now then they ever did, because they are older and not with me 247. So when I do have control I try to make their foods as pure as possible. They can still have sweet treats, because god knows I want that too but it doesn’t need all the crap in it! LOL

  3. Gina B October 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    LOL, things I don’t miss from going gluten-free! We just dropped cereal altogether and settled in with one brand of clean bread and another of pasta. It was too difficult otherwise. But it helped that the kids had zero interest in cereal – don’t ask me why! Great post.

    • Trina October 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Gina, what type of bread and pasta do you use?

    • Jeyne Doe May 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Where you dropped on your head as a child? Why would a cereal made from rice have gluten in it? Are the reason that labels have to specify that a steak, lobster, corn, and butter have labels that say they’re gluten-free?

  4. Heather October 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I knew they were bad but eeesh! I make my own low cal/high fiber brownies.

  5. Barb @ A Life in Balance October 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m glad you posted this! I didn’t know about the BHT. I try to make as much as possible. It also helps that my ds11 likes to bake. If I’m out of time, he makes stuff for me.

  6. Jeanine @MommyEntourage October 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I’ve always found home made Rice Krispy treats to be tastier anyways! I can’t believe how many ingredients are in the store bought ones!

  7. Melinda October 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    i much prefer to make my own cereal krispy treats. I want to learn to make my own marshmallows, that would be the ultimate treat

  8. Jeyne Doe May 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    Funny that the substitute treat you’re recommending are still packed with sugar in the form of cane syrup, honey, and molasses, but you’re giving that a pass because it’s organic. Eating too much sugar, organic or not, really can cause serious health problems while there is no evidence that Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate or Butylated Hydroxytoluene do. You’re freaking about them because they have long names and therefore sound scary.

    If you’d ever actually taken a chemistry class rather than skipping it to smoke pot, you’d realize that chemicals tend to have multiple uses and that says nothing about their safety. Water is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid, so going by your logic, I guess we should assume that water is not safe to drink.

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