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Scientists Warn: Food Colors Damage Kids

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The FDA meeting is in response to a 2008 petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, requesting that yellow 5, red 40, and six other dyes be banned.  It is bad enough that the FDA took three years just to initiate a response, but no one knows what the response will be.  It is likely that the FDA will continue to allow these harmful substances to be used in food.  After all, they’ve allowed them for three decades.  Don’t our children deserve better than this?

More Harmful Health Effects Linked to Food Colors
And, what about the many other symptoms linked to food colors?  Doesn’t the FDA think they warrant consideration?  In numerous studies, one particular dye–the yellow color, annatto, has been linked to skin rashes, huge blood-sugar rises and damage to the energy-production sites in the liver and pancreas.  In a case study in the journal Annals of Allergy, severe low blood pressure was linked to a cereal containing this ingredient.

Food Dyes Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier
Further research cited by Jacqueline Krohn, MD, in her book Natural Detoxification, showed that artificial food colors cross the blood-brain barrier.  The blood-brain barrier is a bit of a misnomer because it works more on a lock-and-key-type of mechanism, allowing some substances access to the brain while preventing others access.  However, many harmful chemicals, food colors included, cross this delicate mechanism, where they can cause damage to the brain.  This is of particular concern for children whose brains are in the developmental stage and at a higher risk of damage from toxic substances.

Keep reading to discover how many pounds of food additives the average person eats…You’ll be shocked!

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7:17AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

makes sense

6:38PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

It's really so insane how we (collectively) keep buying these products that are pumped full of poisonous food coloring. Personally I'm sensitive to them, so I avoid them. I would be thrilled if they were done away with. Artificial food coloring is of no value at all.

2:09PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks for the info.

10:10PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

My children are in their mid to late 30's and their was a big list of things banned from our household. Lots of fruit & vegies were on the to eat list & water & fresh juice to drink.

8:26AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Good info.

8:03PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

The dyes stay in the liver more fruits and veggies.
No to dyes in food

4:53PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Good info..

5:56PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

i had no idea that that was wat made kids like this these days thats somehting i need to have alot less of now i guess

10:37AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Very interesting!

2:21AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

You want kids to eat healthy and make it fun? Do fruit salad. Red strawberries, blue berries, deep red cherries, pink watermelon, orange cantaloupe, green grapes and/or kiwi, golden pineapple, etc... make a salad out of it.

Same with the veggies, do the dark leaf lettuce, with different color tomatoes, slivered bell peppers & carrots, as well as cubed cucumber. Add a miso paste salad dressing, and it's fun to eat because it's colorful.

Do "ants on a log" where you put peanut butter on celery ribs then press raisins on it. Fajitas are fun too, with the tortillas and the different colored bell peppers and onions in there.

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Thanks for sharing :")

Love the ideas, thanks for sharing.

Mayo is mayo. Whatever is in Just Mayo is not mayo so it should be called a mayo substitute.


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