Red & Green Are Not Just The Colors of Mistletoe

130610-food-dye-health-color-wheelChristmas cookies and other foods contain food dyes and are now a staple in the American diet. We now consume five times more food dye than in 1955. Fortunately parents have taken notice. Look at all the chat room discussions on the topic.  Several countries such as Norway and Finland have banned these food additives as a result of the science and the dangerous health effects.

Recently I have had aggressive behavior in several children and the cause has not been uncovered. This leads me to believe that food is a likely culprit.

The infamous red dye #40 is the most widely consumed artificial food dye and has some of the biggest health concerns. Used to add color to candy, cereal, drinks, and most other processed foods, it’s extremely hard to avoid. Excessive red #40 has been shown to cause hyperactivity in children chromosomal damage and lymphomas.

Yellows #5 and #6 have both shown to increase asthma and allergies as well as a concern for thyroid tumors. #5′s claim to fame is being a catalyst for aggression and violent behavior and is banned in Norway.

Many parents and families have reported a huge change in behavior after a switch to a food dye-free diet. Natural food dyes such as beets, carrots, various berries and red cabbage are great and healthier alternatives to the artificial kind.

The FDA has shown no conclusive evidence that link behavior or ADHD to food dye and have stated that more tests should be held before they can call to ban certain food dyes.

I recommend being more proactive then waiting for official sources to declare food dyes a health threat. I hope to see less aggressive and healthier children in the office as a result of food control.  Who would have ever thought that ‘To Dye means to die.”

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