Sunday, May 31, 2009

Food Additives and Hyper-Activity

Something that I have been slowly trying to take out of my son's diet is un-natural food colorings. The following is an excerpt from an article that I recently read online:

"Food dye ADHD additives that cause reactions are Carmoisine, Tartrazine, Ponceau, Sunset Yellow, Carmoisine, Quinoline Yellow, and Allura Red. For instance Sunset Yellow (also known as Orange Yellow S, FD&C Yellow) has been known for inducing allergic reactions. It can be found in many products such as any orange, apricot or citrus jam or jellies, marzipan, hot chocolate mix, packaged soup mixes, breadcrumbs, cheese sauces and soft drinks and many other products that are yellow, orange, and red.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest would like the FDA to ban eight (Yellow 5 and 6, Red 3 and 40, Blue 1 and 2, Green 3, and Orange B) of the most common artificial dyes, or at least affix a warning label to products that contain the dyes such as "Warning: The artificial coloring in this food causes hyperactivity and behavioral problems in some children." And, did you know that food companies are, as we speak, phasing out dyes in foods in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe? At McDonald's in the UK the strawberry syrup on a sundae is a red color from strawberries and in the US; the red color comes not from strawberries but a coal-derived chemical also known by the name, Red 40. That is insane!

Let's face it our kids love color and that is the only reason that children's snack food and cereals all contain the food dyes. But the color is only for appeal; too attract the child to want it, it holds no nutritional value. Even if your child does not have food dye ADHD allergies then why expose them to harmful chemicals such as these?"

The McDonald's comment shocked me until I read that a lot of food companies partake in the same process. I plan on doing a lot more research in the near future so I can make wiser decisions for my children.

1 comment:

Controlling My Chaos said...

I agree that this is a real problem. I notice when I eat food with dyes I get a headache every single time. That alone is scary.