Two Massachusetts mayors are attempting to ban Lazy Cakes, melatonin-laced brownies that melt in your mouth, then help you pass out.
The company behind the product describes them as "a dietary supplement to aid adults who lead a stressful, energy drink fueled lifestyle to wind down and relax."
Although intended for adults, mayors of of Fall River and New Bedford believe the snack is intentionally marketed to children.
By looking at the mascot, we can see why. That's one COOL brownie! Ha!
Each Lazy Cake contains eight milligrams of melatonin, an unregulated sleep-inducing supplement. Considering there are about 5,000 melatonin related emergencies a year, there is some legitimate cause for concern.
Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center, says that if two more milligrams of the supplement were added, an adult would "abruptly fall asleep".
That's pret-ty potent! Sounds like nobody should be eating these before they operate a vehicle.
Children should DEFINITELY not be able to get their hands on these sleepy treats either. A 2-year-old boy from Arizona fell into a deep sleep and had to be hospitalized after he took a few bites from one.
Scary! Although not life-threatening, melatonin overdoses in children are associated with nausea, gastrointestinal problems, changes in mood, headaches and other effects.
In the products defense, the Lazy Cakes website specifically warns:
"Lazy Cakes are recommended for adults only! Although perfectly safe for adults, these are NOT a snack for children…As with any product, it is highly recommended that you read the labels."
While we don't think snack food labels should be required reading material, anyone buying a brownie to help them fall asleep should know better than to feed it to a small child.
Our verdict? Eat these at your own risk and keep them out of the kiddies reach!
Tags: brownie, children, diet, health, nutrition, relaxation, sleep, snack, weight