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Food dyes

September 29, 2008

I came across an article in a publication called “Nutrition Action” that I’d like to share with you. The article states that Americans consume five times as much food dye as they did 30 years ago, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Not to my surprise, the article also states that the British food companies General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, and McDonald’s use few or no dyes.

Two British studies have shown that food dyes can affect behavior in children, and as a result, they put warning labels on food stating: “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children. However, the FDA insists that food dyes are safe and that there is no evidence that dyes impair behavior, but these statements are based on outdated studies. Why is food dye necessary when the food can and does look the same when natural ingredients are used?

For example, in the US, a McDonald’s Strawberry sundae uses Red 40 for its color, while in England the color comes from…strawberries!!! Wow! What a concept. Lime chips (Tostitos) in the US contain the colors Blue 1 and Red 40, meanwhile the European version has no colors listed on its label.

My advice is to stay clear (as often as possible) of foods that contain synthetic ingredients, but if you have to choose foods that contain chemicals and preservatives, choose wisely and sparingly.

Remember-your health is everything!

Until next time,
Jeannette

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  1. Marcia permalink
    September 30, 2008 6:14 pm

    This is very good advice, to try to stay away from artificial food dyes. Most people don’t know that they are made from petroleum. In fact, the majority of dyes used in food in this country start out at petroleum refineries in China.
    In addition to bringing on symptoms of what is being called “ADHD” they cause many serious health problems [see http://www.diet-studies.com]
    The good news is that there are natural products of all kinds and they are becoming more readily available than ever. The non-profit Feingold Association of the US researches brand name foods and compiles books listing thousands of products of all types that are free of what the Brits like to call the “artificial nasties.”
    So, if you love your chocolate, your candies, convenience foods, snacks and even fast foods, there is a huge selection of things that will not give you migraine headaches, hives, asthmatic attacks, ear infections, or mess up your nerves, immune system or damage your DNA. See http://www.ADHDdiet.org for more information.

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