Did you know that some of the key food ingredients in your kids’ favorite foods could actually be hurting your children? The Center for Science in the Public Interest has actually been unveiling that companies are adding dyes to their foods that could ultimately be harmful to your children’s health.
CSPI published The Seeing Red Report last year as a way to spread awareness about these foods, and to encourage people to take action against these companies that are using these harmful dyes in their foods.
Some examples of foods that contain harmful dyes are the strawberry sundae from McDonald’s, M&M’s, and even Fruity Pebbles. Their detailed report also indicates that there is no nutritional value in using dyes in these popular foods. They are simply cheap replacements for colors that could be derived from nutritionally beneficial ingredients.
They have also uncovered that many children’s food items are made with traces of petroleum. It isn’t uncommon for petroleum byproducts to be used in kids’ foods and snacks as preservatives, flavouring elements, and to add bright colors to the food.
Over the last 40 years, there have been many double blind studies composed and published that show some solid evidence behind the harmful effects of these food dyes. Some of these negative side effects include
– Bed wetting
– Ear infections
– ADHD and ADD
– Damage to your chromosomes and mood swings
Many of the companies that were using these dyes are starting to naturally source their coloring from fruits and vegetables, but there are still a lot of huge companies that have yet to make the transition from artificial to natural.