Oct 16 2016
Artificial dyes banned in other countries are still found in many of the foods we eat.
Food dyes, found in many of our processed foods can cause hyperactivity in kids along with other adverse health effects.1*
This week, we are continuing our look at the food supply in our country and how it has changed since the early 1900s. The wholesome diets once consumed by our ancestors have been replaced with diets full of processed foods, added sugars, preservatives and chemicals. Our meats are tainted with antibiotics and growth hormones and many of our crops have been genetically engineered. Food producers, in their efforts to make food look and taste more enticing, are selling products that look good but are not always good for our health. As a consumer, it is easy to assume that if the grocery store is allowed to sell it, then it must be ok! While eating many of these foods may not kill us instantly, they lead to weight gain, metabolic syndrome and other diseases brought on by an unhealthy diet.
One way that food manufacturers make their products look more appealing –especially to children–is by adding food dyes and colorings. There are seven artificial dyes approved for use in our foods. You’ll probably recognize the most common dyes…Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6. These three make up more than 90% of the market. Created synthetically – some by burning coal tar and other derived from petroleum byproducts such as tartrazine and erythrosine – they offer no nutritional value and are considered to be possibly harmful. Already, the FDA has banned some food dyes after they found they caused health problems from minor illness to cancer, but very little research has been done to prove the ones that remain on the market are safe. 1*
One of the more well publicized negative health effects of food dyes is their adverse effects on children’s behaviors. Give a blue, sugar drink to a child with ADHD and you’ll know what that means. ”…Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. ..” (1,2)*
Food dyes have been banned or carry warning labels in the European Union and other countries. In the countries where these food dyes are banned, companies use natural coloring instead such as beetroot, paprika, annatto, carrots. If food manufacturers are selling the same foods in other countries with natural dyes, why can’t they do the same in ours? As long as the FDA allows it, companies will continue to use the cheaper, brighter dyes. They appeal to kids in particular. When it comes to food additives in our country, the policy seems to be innocent until proven guilty. The problem is, by the time research has been done to prove these additives, chemicals and dyes are harmful, we have been eating them and feeding them to our kids for a period of time.*1,2)*
According to the FDA website, “…FDA evaluates safety data to ensure that a color additive is safe for its intended purposes. Color additives that FDA has found to cause cancer in animals or humans may not be used in FDA-regulated products marketed in the United States…”3*
Because many of the foods that contain artificial dyes are highly processed, you can safely assume that by avoiding processed foods, you will most likely will be eliminating dyes from your diet. This is true, but buyer beware! They are added to many foods you may not suspect. For example, farm raised salmon has synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals added to it to give it the appetizing orange color. Without it, it would be an unappealing grayish color. This coloring has not been approved for human consumption and has known toxicities. It is banned in Australia and New Zealand already, but still sold in the US. It is best to avoid farm raised salmon and go for fresh wild sockeye or Alaskan Salmon.2*
As long as food dyes are allowed in the US food market, it is up to each of us to be proactive in our food choices. Our bodies don’t recognize these chemicals as food, so it doesn’t know how to process them. The compromise our guts, and our overall health, so it’s imperative to do your part to rid your body of these unwanted chemicals and other impurities. This is where Body Biotics™ comes in. When you take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, you are not only populating your gut with the good bacteria so necessary for good health, you are naturally removing these unwanted toxins from your system that have accumulated over the years. Eat organic, avoid processed foods, add friendly bacteria to your diet whenever possible, and read labels!2*