We are producing a nation of unhealthy children and one major contributing category affecting our children's health is a type of food additives known as food dyes.
This rainbow of food coloring that comes in red, blue, green and yellow has its own special aisle in most grocery stores. When children – and their parents look at this beautiful bright array of appealing colors they have no idea that they contain a hidden poison.
In 2003, the dangers of blue dye #1 were highlighted when the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory concerning its use in food. A 2013 study, published in the food and chemical toxicology report, contains some very scary facts about food dyes and the dangerous effects they may have when ingested, especially by our children.
For example, blue dye #1 is a substance that is used in hard candies such as lollipops. It can go directly into the blood stream through our tongues by licking or chewing it. The majority of most dye when placed in other foods is broken down in the stomach and liver before it even enters the blood stream. However, when our precious children lick those lollipops they are actually exposed to much more of the dye because it is absorbed directly into their bloodstreams through their tongues.
We are often told that mold, pet hair, dust, tobacco smoke and environmental toxins cause allergic reactions in our children. However, most parents are unaware that preservatives and synthetic food dyes can also cause these reactions. When our children are having an allergic reaction, it is difficult to believe that it could be caused by a food dye hidden in so many of the food dishes that we have come to enjoy.
Food dyes may also affect our children's behavior. Parents and physicians need to recognize that a healthy diet free from synthetic dyes will play a role in a more expanded solution for behavioral challenges. There is so much talk about mental illness today and what causes it. The Centers for Disease Control has reported that one in five high school age boys and 11 percent of our children in general have been diagnosed with ADHD, while noting food dyes as a leading factor in their daily diet.
These findings are no surprise. It has been known for decades that certain food additives, such as petroleum-based synthetic dyes, can have an impact on our children's behavior. Based on recent studies, this theory has been confirmed.
We are now facing the winter season and flu shots are recommended as a health precaution to prevent us from getting the dreaded and potentially deadly flu. Before we take that injection we must remember an important fact. These shots usually do not stop the flu from invading our bodies as our immune system is already weakened by the unhealthy choices we make daily. Building our immune system naturally is our best defense.
By eliminating foods containing harmful chemicals we help our children. We also help society and ourselves by improving behaviors, improving immunity and improving the overall quality of life.