If you’ve got children… you’ve probably experienced the struggle of your kiddos being distracted by all the pretty colors in the candy aisle at the grocery store. Or the battle of seeing their friends drink orange/red/purple sodas and them asking for the same drink. Perhaps you’ve even experienced the aftermath of a child ingesting those pretty colors and struggling to control their activity, attention and/or attitude.
Artificial food colorings are linked to attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity in children. They’ve been linked to headaches, stomachaches, asthma, cancer, chromosomal damage, lymphomas, insomnia, eczema, hives, organ tumors, etc. Animal studies have even linked food dyes to organ damage, birth defects and certain cancers.
The European Union eliminated potentially dangerous additives in 2010. In Britain, artificial food colors have been replaced with natural alternatives and anything that DOES contain artificial food dyes now has to carry warning labels. Here in the US, food manufacturers add 15 million pounds of artificial dyes to our foods and have no plans to ban any food dyes or change any regulations in regards to additives. Let that sink in for a moment…
There are dye free alternatives to almost everything. Nature based food dyes are available at Whole Foods, Amazon, and even Meijer. And for personal care products…be sure to flip that package around because they Are in TONS of products — makeup, body washes, deodorants, and kid’s bath products.