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The True Dangers of Food Dyes

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Family Health, Food, Healthy Eating | 0 comments

The True Dangers of Food Dyes

If you have been following me for quite some time you know there are a few things that really get my blood boiling. Food dyes ranks high on my list and it really disgusts me to see how much food dyes is in our food supply. I’ve written about How to Rid Food Dyes in my Chicago Parent column and how food dyes is the chemical form of salicylates. The problem is that it is not always so obvious where food dyes are lurking. Many folks ask, why do food companies use food dyes? The main reason is because we eat with our eyes first. If it is bright, shiny and pretty we have already made up our minds to eat something before we have even tasted it. Many people including kids will not even eat green candy since it has a negative connotation to bitterness. The FDA has over and over again stated food dyes are safe for consumption even though organizations like Feingold.org has listed numerous studies stating they are indeed harming our children. Food dyes and food additives are not researched or tested before going into our food supply for safety. Scary, isn’t it? But is ok, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits nine different colors to be added to foods, and the agency certifies each batch for “purity and safety.” Well, the amount of dye certified has risen from 12 mg per capita, per day in 1950 to 62 mg/capita/day in 2010.  Until recently, a study published in Clinical Pediatrics reported the content scores of food dyes in breakfast cereals, candies, baked goods and other foods. Children can consume up to 300mg of food dyes in just one day alone but it can take as little as 35mg for the child to be effected. Target Mini Green Cupcakes had the highest levels of any food studied containing 55.3mg of artificial food dyes per serving. You can read more about how high your “favorite foods contain here” The Center for Science of Public Interest found several more disturbing fact regarding food dyes in our food supply and published a 50 page document discussing how food dyes effect our bodies. For example, have a child with asthma? These dyes can make symptoms worse:     The following dyes used in medicines, foods and cosmetics were recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs as being broncho-constrictors as long ago as 1985: Red No. 2 Red No. 3 Red No. 4 Yellow No. 5 Yellow No. 6 Blue No. 1 Blue No. 2 – Pediatrics. 1985 Oct;76(4):635-43 Source: Feingold.org Let’s not leave out the growing epidemic of Eczema and atopic dermatitis which links many food dyes and preservatives causing inflammation in these young and growing bodies. How else is food dyes effecting our children’s minds and bodies? ADHD/ADD/Hyperactivity/SPD often coined as “wiggly” Inability to focus/short attention span Inability to fall asleep, resists going to sleep or can’t stay asleep (disrupting dopamine and serotonin levels) Aggressive/defiant behavior (random pushing/hitting, throwing objects) Accident prone, poor coordination, looks disoriented Can alter taste and texture issues Chronic bed-wetting after potty training age and more!   If you notice any of these things (check out feingold.org) within an hour to 24 hours of consuming foods high in food dyes, then your child most likely has a sensitivity to food dyes. Yet studies show kids in Europe do not have the high rates of ADHD, eczema, Autism as the United States does and many of it is being linked to the food dyes (and food preservatives) we consume for human consumption that the...

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