Food Dye Allergies

We are now entering into the Holiday Season; people will be consuming a lot of sugared candies and cookie with icing. Have you noticed your children acting differently or have a new rash since Halloween?

Do you notice your child gets hyper after eating a cookie coated with bright green frosting and rainbow sprinkles? It’s natural to assume that sugar is the culprit, but research suggests some of the blame belongs to artificial food dyes.

Why should I be concerned about food coloring?

Studies have shown artificial food dyes to cause Hyperactivity, possibly ADHD. Behavioral changes like irritability and depression. Hives and asthma. Tumor growth (three of the primary food dyes contain benzene, a known cancer-causing substance). This totally shocked me. We are the greatest country in the world, yet we are slowly poisoning our children with all kinds of beautifully colored sugared delights.

Food Coloring Allergy Symptoms

  • Hives (urticaria) /itchy skin.
  • Flushing.
  • Severe headache.
  • Facial swelling.
  • Tightness in chest.
  • Difficulty breathing.

 How common are food dyes?

Food dyes are everywhere: in candy, frosting, macaroni and cheese, sports drinks and breakfast cereal. Even some types of bread have food coloring. The list is endless. Are you upset yet?

There are two strategies to help you limit how much artificial food dye your kids consume:

1.Go for homemade goodies, you know what you are putting in the recipe.

2.Read labels! The other day I was munching on M&M’s and on the back of the package at the very bottom is says This food was genetically modified. What heck does that mean? Just check the back of some food labels, this statement is on a lot of food packages.

What foods do not contain food dye?

Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only high in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, but they are not as likely as other foods are to contain colorings and preservatives. …Nuts and Seeds. …Meat and Fish. …Eggs and Dairy. …Grains. Are much better than candy sweets.

What can be a substitute for food coloring?

strawberries, raspberries. Red: beets, tomato. Orange: carrots, paprika, sweet potato. Yellow: saffron, turmeric. Green: matcha, spinach. Blue: red cabbage + baking soda. Purple: blueberries, purple sweet potato. Brown: coffee, tea, cocoa.

Enjoy the Holiday, enjoy your baking. Try to use natural foods for color.

Let me know if you have had a reaction to a food dye? Love to continue this topic


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