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I always thought kids got hyper from the cake they just ate. But what if some of them are hyper because of the green frosting and sprinkles? Don't get me wrong. Some kids really need medicine. But wouldn't it be great if some kids only needed to edit their diet? I'm one of them!
Americans eat five times the food dye that we did in the 1950’s, and studies have linked artificial food dyes to:
- Irritability and depression
- Hives and asthma
- Tumor growth – some dyes use benzene, a cancer causer
A few things to think about regarding food dyes
People can have an inflammatory response to artificial dyes, which can disrupt the immune system
Ingesting cancer-causing contaminants builds up in the body. The most common dyes (red 40, yellow 5 and yellow 6), contain benzene. Since the FDA considers these levels safe for ingestion, you need to consider the impact of ingesting it over a lifetime.
Red 40 and Yellow 5 are specifically linked to behavioral effects in children, and are the most common in the United States. In England, the dyes that may cause hyperactivity need to be labeled ‘May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.’
So, how do you find out if its dyes causing behavior issues? Easy: take dyes out of your kid’s diet for a week or two, and see what happens. An Australian study found 75% of parents noticed a difference in their kids behavior when they stopped eating (and drinking) the dyes.
Look on labels for natural food coloring, like beets and annatto. And no, you don’t need to crush bugs up to make a good looking food color!
Here’s some things to consider changing
Cool Ranch Doritos contains Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellow 5. Fritos has corn, corn oil, and salt!
Regular Benadryl has D&C red no.27 aluminum lake. Dye Free Benadryl has no inactive ingredients and costs the same!
Tylenol contains FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake. Target’s Up & Up brand has no dyes, and is CHEAPER!
Ice cream, cereals, baked goods, yogurt, cheese, and don’t even get me started with the fact that food manufacturers even dye fruits and veggies to make them look more appetizing!
It’s not hard to make these changes, we just need to know that there is a problem, and read labels. Let me say that again: READ LABELS.
Here's the most compelling information
"This review finds that all of the nine currently US-approved dyes raise health concerns of varying degrees. Red 3 causes cancer in animals, and there is evidence that several other dyes also are carcinogenic. Three dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6) have been found to be contaminated with benzidine or other carcinogens. At least four dyes (Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6) cause hypersensitivity reactions."