H.B. Reese, a dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey, created the peanut butter cup in 1928. After leaving the dairy farming, Mr. Reese started the Harry Burnett Reese Candy Co. in the basement of his home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
When he died, in 1956, he left his company to his sons. His six sons merged the candy company with the Hershey Chocolate Corp. in 1963. Currently, there are twenty variations of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups which are proven to contain some controversial ingredients.
These ingredients can be a serious threat to your health, which is why you should avoid consuming peanut butter cups.
PGPR (Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate)
This ingredient is included in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as a substitute for cocoa butter, in order to reduce the manufacturing costs.
This ingredient can be responsible for causing allergic reactions in children and gastrointestinal discomfort.
According to the FDA, this ingredient is safe only if it is consumed in small amounts. On the other hand, a great intake of PGPR is a cause of a liver enlargement.
TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone)
TBHQ is a form of butane since it comes from petroleum. This toxic ingredient can cause vomiting, nausea, ringing in the ear, fainting, and delirium.
Several studies have shown that TBHQ can be responsible for causing convulsions, liver enlargement, and paralysis.
This ingredient can cause restlessness, anxiety, and intensification of ADHD symptoms in children. In addition, the TBHQ was proven to be a cause of stomach cancer, as well as lung and umbilical cell damage.
Soy lecithin can cause numerous severe diseases since 93% of the soy is genetically modified. The consumption of this ingredient can lead to gastrointestinal problems, loss of appetite, changes in weight, blurred vision, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, fainting, confusion, and hypotension.
The soy lecithin can also cause problems with fertility and reproduction, as well as behavioral and cerebral abnormalities. This ingredient is proven to be responsible for increasing the risk of a breast cancer.