Artificial Colors in Food – A Poison Rainbow !
Those bright and friendly colors that bring joy to your child as she slurps down a shiny snack or mixes Froot Loops with some milk are actually dangerous poisons. Or at least have the potential to wreak various forms of damage to your child – starting from neurological issues and all the way to cancer.
In a press release and research report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit consumer watchdog organization the risks that have been known for quite some time: colors such as yellow, blue, red, orange and green colorings will worsen one’s inability to pay attention if he or she already has trouble, such as with ADD or ADHD, so keep that in mind.
Additionally, other studies have found that artificial colorings may lead to RASHES, ASTMA, or even TUMORS!
Do you know what petroleum is? Well, that’s what artificial colors are made of, in addition to acetone and coal tars.
Unfortunately, children are often the most vulnerable to artificial color not because their bodies are still developing, but also because their snacks and desserts are the most likely to have artificial color such as gummy and fruit snacks.If you just keep eating them, they’ll keep building up, and you’ll never get better.
If the artificial colors were only in candy, parents could worry a bit less. The problem is that the dyes have found their way into so many foods that the levels ingested every day have skyrocketed in recent decades.
It’s pretty easy to avoid foods with artificial color, whether you’re looking at the label or at the unnatural tint of your food. Remember, however, that some bright colors are natural, such as the red from beets or the orange from carrots (carotene). Use common sense in locating unnatural colors for your health and that of children.
Which colors are the ones to avoid?
Yellow , E102, E103, E105, E107, E110
Red E104, E122, E123, E124, E127, E229
Blue E131, E133
In the meantime, scan ingredient lists of cereals, yogurts, cakes, snacks, soups, meats, and virtually any processed product for the colorings listed above. If you see them, move on to an alternative product. If a product is too bright and colorful, and it’s not a fresh fruit or veggie, be suspicious.