Widespread evidence and countless personal stories have brought food dye under some serious scrutiny. Many parents have observed their child’s behavior, demeanor, and even academic performance in school improve after removing food dye from their diet. As a nation, Americans consume five times more food dye than we did in 1955 and is now a staple for processed foods.
Dyes red #40 and yellow #5 have become the focus of concern as they are linked to some of the most serious conditions. Hyperactivity, chromosomal damage, and aggression/violent behavior have been just some of the observed effects.
Making a switch in diet that eliminates harmful dyes isn’t always easy, but the benefits can be astronomical. Natural dyes from beets, carrots, berries and other sources are great healthy alternatives to mainstream artificial dyes.
The FDA has yet to issue an official statement about the harmful effects of dyes and the connection between children’s’ behavior and other health concerns. They’ve said that more tests need to be done before they can move to ban these harmful dyes.
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