Saturday, July 1, 2017

Are Artificial Food Colors Harmful to People?

When I investigated food safety information from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), I discovered food dyes can cause everything from hyperactivity and allergic reactions to cancer. For food safety and public health reasons, this consumer watchdog (CSPI) is calling for the government to ban all food dyes. 

That's Why It's So Important to

Read all food labels. This is how to determine if ingredients in the product you are about to buy are safe and healthy. See FDA Food Guidance Regulation Document for more. Smart consumers look for labels that state, "This food contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservative."

Petition government officials. Let them know you favor increased labeling regulations so labels list every ingredient on each label.

Speak Out to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Demand artific1al colors be banned from all food in the U.S. There is no health, nutrition, or other need for them. Sign This Petition to Tell-the-FDA-to-Ban-Harmful-Synthetic-Food-Dyes.

Stress the Fact that the FDA Needs to Conduct and Supervise Ingredient Testing by Independent Researchers. Currently, food manufacturers are within the law to test their own products.

Reach out to your U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as State and Local OfficialsAsk them to pass laws that require manufacturers to place warning labels on products that cause even one allergic reaction, behavioral issue, or is associated with any illness including gastrointestinal conditions and cancer.

Act Now. Contact food manufactures, and tell them you're going to stop buying their products, unless they voluntarily stop using artificial food dyes. Read my post at Obloggernewbie, Take-Action-with-Your-Food-Shopping-Dollars.

Select, Prepare, and Eat Real, Unprocessed Foods. Educate yourself about sound nutritional practices and food safety. It's a sure way to know what you're eating is nutritious and right for you.

Dana Angelo White writes Artificial Food Coloring: Good or Bad

Common Sense, observation, and scientific studies are proving the effects of eating artificially colored foods, snacks, soda, desserts, and the like result in impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity among young children. Many of these foods are also sugar, fat, or salt laden, and filled with empty calories.

One way to test this is to take stock of how you feel and act after Halloween. Notice how weird and hyperactive you and your kids act, if you've been munching on the unhealthy treats your kids collected. 

Take a look-see at Dr. Michael Greger's video and Website, if you're interested in improving your family's health. Then read Are-Artificial-Colors-Bad-for-You?

Eat foods that are minimally processed and snack on organic foods like those in the picture below. Take advantage of mother nature to add colorful eye appeal to meals, by eating fruits and veggies that get their vibrancy the natural way.

Are you currently eating foods that contain artificial food colors, and/or have taken steps to change family eating habits? 

Do you eat most meals at home and prepare real food snacks?

What will motivate you to look more closely at those labels? Please explain. 

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  1. Hi Nancy,
    No I don't eat any foods with artificial dyes. I am allergic to all of them and I get hives and migraines from them
    Yes I eat at home because unless - once in a while we will go to a organic cafe for lunch that I trust and don't end up having an bad reaction to their food.
    I read all labels very closely and have taught my husband to since he does the grocery shopping. If he is in doubt he calls me on the cell phone to review the labels with me.
    This is a very good article and I have shared it on every social media I can. It is so important to make people aware of the dangers of artificial dyes and there are many other natural option now available.
    Have a healthy, happy & blessed July 4th holiday.

    1. Thanks Marla for the comment and social shares. You and your husband sure have a handle on protecting your health and well-being. Wishing you a Healthy, Happy, and Blessed July 4th Holiday too.

  2. Ugh it scares me so much. You never know what goes into those colorants. I've heard some horror stories. We do try and stay away from them as much as possible, but it's not always easy

    1. Hear you Michelle. I believe if we speak out often enough and food shop wisely, we have the power to make positive change.

  3. I totally agree with Michelle... more and more often we hear horible things! Thank you for mentioning all these :)

    1. Thanks Christina Makri. Wishing you an all-natural and healthy day.