I love the term, “eat the rainbow,” when it comes to enjoying a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Next time you are at the fresh fruit and vegetable area of the market, notice all the different hues and interesting textures.  But, there is also a rainbow that is better off avoided.  That’s the array of artificial food colorings that you should be aware of.  Enjoy the real rainbow of taste and LIVE YOUNGER.

It is estimated that 15 million pounds of petroleum-based dyes are used every year in our food despite the fact that some are known to cause cancer.  The potential problem of food dye affecting health came to my attention about two years ago when a young friend began having a mysterious “attack” out of the “blue”.  We had been to an arts festival where she had a blue slushie and then got violently ill in the night, requiring hospitalization.  Another attack hit her while she was on a road trip with her husband.  She had texted me a picture of all the colorful gummy snacks they were taking for their adventure.  About seven hours into the car trip, they turned around and went to the hospital. When I asked if maybe the food dyes could be causing a problem, she mocked me and called me a “health freak.”  Nevertheless, her problems continued.  

These chemicals are abundant in breakfast cereals, vitamins, beverages, snacks, and the majority of prepared foods. Fresh fruit is sometimes dipped in dye to brighten the color.  Much of the research ties increased ADHD to these chemicals.  Three dyes account for approximately 90 percent of all dyes used:

  1. Red #40
  2. Yellow #5
  3. Yellow #6

The above dyes contain benzidene, a known cancer-causing agent in humans. I’ve provided links with more information on each one.  Using these dyes is rationalized by saying that it is in “low amounts” but it all adds up.  I’m often shocked at my credit card balance when all I’ve done is spend $20.00 here and $20.00 there.  Has this ever happened to you?   At least on the credit card, we can actually see what is happening!

While many artificial dyes and chemical coloring agents have been banned in countries outside the United States, they are still abundant within the U.S.  Interestingly, food manufacturers use plant-based colorings in some countries.  In the United Kingdom, for example, a major brand of orange soda uses pumpkin and carrot extracts for coloring.  That same soda company used Red #40 and Yellow #6 in the U.S.  where food dye consumption is estimated to have increased at least fivefold since 1955.  

Food is either medicine or poison.  START SOMEWHERE today to know what you are putting in your body and make one small change.  Enjoy the real rainbow for increased vitality and joy.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Resources:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/207/4438/1485

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957945/

https://www.cspinet.org/fooddyes/

Enjoy the Real Rainbow

Enjoy the Real Rainbow