Are You or Your Family Eating Toxic Food Dyes?
It’s that time of year again, Easter, baskets filled with jelly beans and robin eggs! Throughout the holidays you start to see so many artificially colored drinks, foods and candy. Yes, they‘re around all year but to me Easter is when they are most recognizable. In the next few weeks your kids will be asking for Easter candy, if they haven’t already. As a parent, you don’t want to deprive your children of having something all their friends may have but what you need to consider, is it safe for them?
It’s without a doubt that artificial food coloring makes your foods more appealing and desirable. For most of food history, the dyes used were from natural sources – beet juice for red, turmeric for yellow, carrots for orange, etc. But for manufactures to maximize profit and lower costs, artificially coloring foods and drinks is the way to go. Unfortunately the manufactures don’t consider the harmful side effects that scientist have discovered.
Over the past few years dyes have been called into question for their damaging side effects. Recent scientific research has linked food dyes to a number of potential health problems, most notably certain types of cancer in animals and (A.D.D) attention-deficit disorder in children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have acknowledged that artificial colors such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, trigger hyperactivity and behavioral problems with some children, yet they still allow it. It doesn’t stop there, each dye, through animal testing, can be linked to different diseases. Just to name a few: kidney tumors, tumors of the urinary bladder, testes tumors and immune system tumors.
Unfortunately, these dyes draw kids away from nutritious foods and towards brightly colored processed products, like fruit flavored drinks and snacks. These foods and drinks are high in calories but low in nutrients. Keeping these dyes away from your children is extremely important, especially during the developmental years when their bodies are particularly more sensitive.
Now you may be wondering, what kind of foods and drinks can my kids have? There is a wide variety in specialty stores and local markets; or you can also make it at home. It is much safer when making this at home because you have that guarantee nothing harmful is going into their food. If you decide to go the store route I recommend Earth Fare. Part of Earth Fare’s philosophy is NO artificial colors and NO artificial flavors. And if you were wondering… yes, they have candy!
What to stay away from when buying food and drinks:
- Blue #1
- Blue #2
- Citrus Red #2
- Green #3
- Red #3
- Red #40
- Yellow #5
- Yellow #6