It’s almost Halloween, and pretty soon more than a few of us will be sneaking LaffyTaffy and lollipops when the kids aren’t looking. Besides all the sugar, fat, and preservatives infused into those innocent-treats, there’s a more sinister reason why you might want to reconsider your choices.
After a lifetime of eating artificially colored foods, we’ve come to associate certain colors with flavors: yellow is banana or lemon, blue is berry, red is cherry or strawberry. But did you know those colors are added at a huge risk to your health?
As Care2 has reported in the past, the use of artificial food coloring signals a lack of nutrition in food (i.e. the nutrients that give color to real food are absent in the processed version, necessitating fake colors) and has been linked to hyperactivity disorders and cancer.
When recent studies began to point out the dangerous risk of eating artificially-colored foods, the UK took action, replacing fake food dyes with natural additives, such as beetroot powder, annatto, and paprika extract. Shockingly, the very same brands took no such action with products distributed in the U.S.
This apathy persists even though a study “in the Journal of Pediatrics, the dye tartrazine was linked to behavioral disturbances in normal children. Still more research from doctors at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom found that food dyes have a significant impact on the behaviour of normal children and boost the levels of hyperactivity. These doctors also recommended that these additives be removed from children’s diets.”
Wonder which food colors are the worst? The infographic below has more info. After scrolling through, check out “8 Ways To Make Organic Food Coloring.“
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