Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Why we avoid artificial food dyes

Artificial food dyes are in an incredible amount of products that most people consume daily without a second thought. They are put into processed foods to make them look more appealing and no other reason. You'll see them listed as Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, etc. in the ingredients list. Several artificial colors have been banned over the years, which should be a wake up call.

Products marketed toward children are especially guilty of using food dyes to make them more appealing to kids. This is why so many kids seem to have a permanent red mustache or blue tongue!

So what is the harm? A lot of studies blame artificial food dyes for behavior issues in children, such as ADD/ADHD. If you have a child with a lot of behavioral problems, you may find the Feingold Diet of interest. I have read some on it, and it is certainly interesting (you are what you eat!). Some studies have also linked artificial food dyes to cancer. It isn't worth the risk for absolutely no reward!

Natural food colorings are being used more and more to give food the look we are used to without adding anything artificial to our diets. Look for ingredients such as annatto extract, beta-carotene, beet powder, paprika, saffron, turmeric, etc. And if you stick to unprocessed, whole foods you'll never have to worry!

Update! I just saw this posted to facebook - very informative!!!

1 comment:

  1. Yellow 5 & 6 seem to make Cole go WILD. I just dont understand why this stuff is allowed in products if it A)is harmful and B) affects children the way it does.
    I noticed that when Cole would go with my husband to town etc that he would come back SUPER WILD and I always would fuss and say "What did you give him?" Come to find out it was chewing gum and it has yellow 5. Needless to say I cleaned his truck out of that mess. It is just so aggravating that something that hurts children like this is allowed.
    Most parents feed this crap to their kids, then turn around and spank/punish them when they get super wild. Not to mention the fact that it hinders them from learning in school.
    Kelly I think you should be a politician!