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What are You DYEing For?

on February 11, 2013

Three years ago today I was blessed with a ray of sunshine from above.

sprinklesredvelvetMy sweet hubby took good care of me by weekly runs to “Sprinkles Cupcakes” to bring me an abundant supply of red velvet with cream cheese frosting!
After all, nothing says love like sprinkles, right?

The immediate gratification was euphoric and I was very territorial about those delicious, deep red delicacies!  It seems this is quite a normal and accepted concept.  Of course, kids are drawn to sprinkles and bright colors that entice them and draw them in to the “fun yummiess”.

Isn’t that what life should be all about?5-senses

We have been created with 5 senses for a reason. Enjoyment is certainly one of the reasons for them.  Nature provides us an array of brightly colored foods that have a purpose to help and support the health of our bodies.
But we have learned how to artificially replicate the colors we were given to help us.  The result has given us the false illusion that these are more delicious and provide more fulfillment than that what’s given to us naturally.

coloredcakeThe unfortunate truth is they have dulled us to the reality of natural pleasures that come without cost.  Instead we are lured by vibrant colors, which are laden with chemicals and the trap of unnatural highs.

The sugar, in and of itself, actually is and meets the criteria of being a drug and is 4x more addictive than cocaine.

So why are the dyes needed to top off products that may already carry a lure all by themselves?

SkittlesFirst, our sense of sight has been proven to dictate our choices so heavily that companies build entire divisions to focus just on creating the perfect color hue to entice us.

Second, without products being colored, the end result of stripping, processing and chemicalizing them would leave a dull and mostly putrid color scheme.  This would probably deter us from choosing them.

mmsSight is such a crucial part of marketing products to us, that to alter this method of dying our goods would mean a huge loss for major players in the world of processed foods.  It would really be a huge loss to all of them.

The issue at hand is then, why shouldn’t dyes be allowed?
It’s a free capitalist society and perhaps this shouldn’t be questioned.
However, testing and safety of what is allowed in our good supply is supposed to be mandated with the best interest of the consumers, not the pockets of the companies who produce them.

In depth studies have been conducted on food dyes and have come up with results that have raised red flags high and large.
Colored tongues 2
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Lancet concluded that a variety of common food dyes as well as the preservative sodium benzoate cause some children to become measurably more hyperactive and distractible.

"May have an adverse effect on activity and attention of children"So much so, that the UK has since July 2010, taken a stand against these food dyes. Their Food Standard Agency issued an immediate advisory to parents with a warning to limit their children’s intact of additives if they notice it having an effect on them.
From this warning and the mandate to label foods with dyes in them has all but nearly eliminated them from being used in the products for their citizens.  The ones that remain contain warning labels stating that the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”.

However, here in the US, our safety umbrella of the FDA has failed to open enough to cover us with these standards of protection.

They have taken a round about stance on the proof that food dyes are deniably harmful, by stating in March 2011 that the “FDA concludes a causal relationship between exposure to color additives and hyperactivity in children in the general population has not been established”.

Dr. Feingold, in hallmark studies found overwhelming evidence of the link between them and ADHD and hyperactivity symptoms in children.

Numerous studies with food dyes have linked them with increase risk of cancer and other health concerns ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-line reactions.

food-coloringRed dye # 2 was taken off shelves in 1976, after findings linked it to being a suspected carcinogen.

The most commonly used food dye; Red Dye #40 may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in rats and hyperactivity in kids.

Blue #2 has been linked to brain tumors.
Yellow #5 has been linked to containing several cancer-causing chemicals as well as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in kids.

It doesn’t logically make sense to continue these potential threats to our family’s health, especially our children’s, as if we’re conducting some type of ongoing science experiment on them before these dyes are finally pulled from our shelves.
Ice Cream
GatoradeBut take a look around…Because food dyes are so widely used and accepted, moms and dads don’t think twice about feeding it to their kids.

It’s rather encouraged and laughed about as kids have blue tongues, help make cookies and cupcakes with lots of sprinkles, and to pouring sports drinks into all our little athletes’ mouths during games and practices.

The light must begin to shine in the understanding of the fact that it DOES matter and that the choices we make CAN and DO affect our kids.

Fruit and colorsAfter my health failed and I learned the connection these food choices were making on my body, I was able to finally give up my beloved and coveted “sprinkles”.  I began to become alive again to the love and enjoyment of foods that are naturally and beautifully colored, especially as they began to support my body’s ability to heal itself.

It’s not easy when you don’t have a why…It’s actually very painful…

But knowledge is power and strength can come to all of us as we learn and unite and vote with our dollar!

Next time, start a new trend!  Hold the sprinkles and pour on the vibrant life of true color!

No to Food Dye   kidsfruit&veggies


Dotty 🙂


Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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