Food dye just replaces nutrients in your baked goods
The next time you are at a birthday party with your child, pay attention to the beautiful cupcakes, cookies and cakes, all with an assortment of artificial colors that look like a rainbow. All that these artificial ingredients do is take the place of the real nutrients, while appearing extremely attractive to children. For instance, there is usually no fruit in fruit juice that contains colors, making it synthetically-colored water full of sugar.
Food dyes make food and drinks look pretty, but they have been linked to cancer
Blue dye number one and two have been associated with cancer in animals, while red dye number three causes rats to develop tumours. Green dye number 3 has been associated with bladder cancer, and yellow dye number 6 has been associated with with tumors in the adrenal glands and kidneys. What is most concerning about these colors is not that they are used in many packaged, prepared and processed foods, but the fact that they are usually present in the diets of children.
Most soft drinks, gelatin desserts, fruit cocktails, maraschino cherries, baked goods, cupcakes, cakes and candies have these harmful substances in the them. What’s worse is that they’re only purpose is just to make the food look pretty, which is guaranteed to attract children, who have bodies that are especially sensitive to these substances in their developmental years.
They have also been linked to behavioural issues
Since the 1970s, artificial food colors are believed to trigger behavioral patterns in kids. Furthermore, studies keep piling on the evidence that proves these artificial dyes lead to hyperactivity in non-sensitive and sensitive children.
Plenty of parents can testify to the fact that their children’s behavior becomes difficult, unpredictable and erratic within minutes of consuming synthetically colored foods, usually after Easter, Halloween and birthday parties. The behavioral changes are mostly caused by the chemicals that are used in the manufacturing of the dyes.
A study by the British Food Standards Agency, conducted in 2007, associated lower IQs and increased levels of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hyperactivity in ordinary/typical children.
The good news is that you can make safe alternatives to food dye at home
You have to be a detective these days if you don’t want to consume these artificial food colors, since they keep finding their way into our foods. Once you know the numerous side effects of artificial food colors, avoiding them and choosing safer alternatives makes sense.
You can use the following foods to make sure that you achieve a result that is beautiful and free from harmful chemicals.
- Green: matcha powder or green tea powder, liquid chlorophyll, parsley juice, spinach juice
- Orange: paprika powder, carrot or pumpkin juice
- Pink: cranberry or pomegranate juice, beetroot, raspberries
- Blue: blueberries
- Purple: purple sweet potato, purple carrot, grapes, red cabbage
- Yellow: saffron flowers, turmeric powder, orange juice, yellow carrots
- Brown: cinnamon or cocoa powder, espresso
- Black: activated charcoal powder or black cocoa powder