I was just looking at the ingredients on a box of Life cereal…one of the cereals I really thought was healthy for my children. Guess what? Even Life has toxic ingredients that will harm our kids! The worst part is that the toxicity of artificial dyes is known to the scientific community, yet they are still added to our foods!
Why, if artificial dyes are known to be toxic, are they still put in our foods? One reason is to make foods look more appealing to consumers. For some reason, foods that are bright with color look more appealing to consumers; sadly this is not always the case.
What Makes Artificial Dyes Dangerous
I love this quote:
You don’t see people digging up petroleum and drinking it with a straw.
The artificial dyes used in our foods are made from petrochemicals and coal tar; does this sound like something we should be eating?
Don’t you think it’s a little ironic that such unhealthy additives are put into our food to make it look healthier?
Because these artificial dyes are so plentiful in the foods we are feeding to our children, there are many health issues that have, and can, arise. Yellow #2 is believed to have been a contributing factor in the outbreak of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Other health problems known to be caused by artificial dyes include different types of cancer, low or nonexistent sperm count in men and damage to the nervous system. It’s one thing to be eating foods that are harmful to your health when you don’t know they are harmful, but these chemicals are killing our children! The food industry KNOWS these chemicals are toxic, they just DON’T CARE!!!
I know that putting coal in a naughty child’s stocking is a well known Christmas tale, but does that mean we should really be feeding our children coal tar and petrochemicals?
Perhaps the worst part is that these artificial dyes aren’t only in so-called “junk” foods…they are in everything! As I mentioned before, Life cereal has caramel color, yellow 6, yellow 5, red 40 and blue 1. Wait until you find out what carmine is made of! It will change your view of strawberry flavored yogurt (and other things) forever!
We have to “learn” that bright colors of store bought foods do not mean they are fresher or healthier! Be sure you read the food labels and avoid anything that contains artificial coloring.