We need to celebrate! LIFE is to be celebrated, and with full color!!
We are all geared to celebrating as much as we can, right? We have even come up with reasons beyond the normal holidays as reasons to celebrate. Take the Gender Reveal Parties for instance. The opportunities are endless.
Why do we celebrate?
It brings people together, as a collective whole to remember, celebrate, support one another, to encourage one another, and to build bridges amongst one another. We live in a world with so much negativity, and we want to forget the troubles we face. Celebrating allows us to be happy and experience the peace that is required to improve and help the world. Celebrating make us pause and be mindful and also boosts our well-being.
What reasons have you come up with to celebrate?
But with all of our celebrating, we are also partaking in a rainbow of risks.
What do I mean by rainbow of risks? All synthetic (chemical imitation of a natural product) colors additives (dyes) that are certified by the FDA. Certified colors are synthetically produced (or human made) and used widely. These dyes are complex organic chemicals that were originally derived from coal-tar, but now from petroleum. Petroleum is estrogen dominant linked to infertility, menstrual problems, accelerated aging, allergies and autoimmune problems as well as nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems, and even some types of cancers. Antifreeze may be added to the chemical cocktail to help retain its color.
As far back as the 1870s and 1880s and the early 20th century, food dye was normalized with the artificial coloring of food. In the 1960s and ’70s, there was a return to a back-to-nature movement and against chemicals. In the 14th century, European farmers colored butter carrot juice and annatto (red-orange pulp from a tropical fruit). In the mid- to late 19th century American farmers began coloring butter by using food dyes. In the early 20th century, many consumers were frightened by those bright-red foods, but they still liked them because they hadn’t seen such bright color’s like that before. Food company’s advertised they were using FDA approved colors, but there were very real dangers. People actually died from eating some candy.
Here is a list of the FDA’s 9 accepted food dyes: The Rainbow of Risks
- Citrus Red No. 2
- Red No. 3 (Erythrosine)
- Red No. 40 (Allura Red)
- Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine)
- Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow)
- Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue)
- Blue No. 2 (Indigo Carmine)
- Green No 3.
- Orange B
There are some potential problems with food dyes, specifically:
- Carcinogenicity – leading to cancer development
- Genotoxicity – leading to mutations or damaging chromosomes
- Neurotoxicity – leading to the damage of nerve tissue
The most popular food dyes are Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These three make up 90% of all the food dye used in the US, in particular breakfast cereals, candy, snacks, beverages, vitamins, and other products aimed at children are colored with dyes. Even some fresh oranges are dipped in dye to brighten them and provide uniform color, says Michael Jacobson, executive director at CSPI.
Food dyes are one of the most widely used artificial chemicals added to our food supply and are deceptively dangerous. Color additives are categorized as either dyes or lakes.
Dyes dissolve in water and are manufactured as powders, granules, liquids or other special-purpose forms. They can be used in beverages, dry mixes, baked goods, dairy products, jams, pudding, pie filling, yogurt, popsicles, pet foods and a variety of other products.
Lakes are the water-insoluble form of the dye. Lakes are more stable than dyes and are ideal for coloring products containing fats and oils, or items without enough moisture to dissolve dyes. Typical uses include coated tablets, cake and donut mixes, cheese, margarine, candy and chewing gums.
Why Companies Go Artificial (synthetic, fake)
Food manufacturers know that we eat with our eyes, and apparently the brighter the better. Brighter is more exciting. It is good marketing. They create an appeal to the consumer, grabbing our attention. Think of food coloring like cosmetics to give the food a face lift.
Artificial food dye consumption has increased by 500% in the last 50 years, and children are the biggest consumers. In the favorite classical movie “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” we all remember the child catcher who entices the children to come out of hiding with all his goodies. This is what the food manufacturers are doing, enticing the masses with fun, colorful treats to lure us into their lair and appease the kid inside each of us. Once the consumer buys the product they find themselves a slave, a prisoner to the artificial, fake food.
The certified colors are used widely for intense, uniformity of color, and because they blend easily to create a variety of hues. Certain colors are approved for a specific food types. Companies like using them because they are cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings. They bring foods a longer lasting shelf life. These dyes are also used in drugs and cosmetics mainly for identifying purposes, and are hiding in places we may not expect like toothpaste, pickles, and yogurt. When certain colors are used they automatically bring to mind an identification of the real food, ie. blue for blueberries. Just think without food coloring your hot dogs would be grey. How many people would buy a grey colored hot dog?
About 70% of the diet of the average U.S. resident is from processed foods. 15,016,634 dyes of all nine colors are certified through the FDA in these processed foods. Now that’s an unbelievable amount!
From their own web site, the FDA claims no harmful results come from the consumption, yet the variety of artificial chemical colors are linked to health concerns, including allergic reactions, behavioral changes including ADD & ADHD, and even cancer. Even after continual efforts, the FDA continues to do nothing. The FDA’s data show a dramatic five-fold increase in consumption of dyes since 1955. It looks like American’s have increased their intake of processed foods.
“These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, co-author of the 58-page report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks.”
These same dyes rainbow of risks have been banned from our animal laboratories continue to be manufactured and stocked on grocery shelves and finally grabbed by parents making their way to the shelves at home without giving any further thought to the risks involved in their family’s health. I believe that all parents want fun and goodies to give to their children, but rarely think of the consequences these goodies offer from these trusted food giants. Most tragic thing of all are that the children who rely on their parents to provide healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods are being taken by the villain (food manufacturers) right out from underneath the parents noses.
In a 58-page 2010 report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks,” CSPI reveals nine food dyes that are currently approved for use in the United States linking to a range of health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions. These results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself. It is worth noting that dyes are not pure chemicals, but may contain upwards of 10 percent impurities that are in the chemicals from which dyes are made or develop in the manufacturing process. (FDA 2018 approved colors)
Are you or your children sensitive to synthetic food coloring?
You cannot look to the FDA for help. The FDA blames sensitive individuals, not dyes. We must take action with our “pocket books”. You can continue to provide fun, colorful celebrations just find alternatives.
But, we cannot just blame the FDA’s regulation and the food manufacturers alone, the consumer’s demands can drive change. That’s right. We are partially to blame. We can break away from our addiction to these processed foods. Here are some ways:
- Focus on real foods from the produce section.
- Buy organic.
- Read Labels looking for real ingredients. Most eight-year-olds reading labels. Not many adults do either.
- Educate yourself – begin by following this series.
- Start making your own foods and stay away from the processed.
Considering the adverse impact of these chemicals on children, and considering how easily they can be replaced with safe, natural ingredients.
Most synthetic dyes have dropped out of the food supply in Europe, yet they still sell the same foods in the U.S. Half a million in the U.S. suffer from the above mentioned conditions.
I would like to help you discover the risks and dangers of the common nine artificial colors used in the food that lines our grocer’s shelves. But, I won’t leave you hanging without giving you some great alternatives. Dare I suggest conquering the growing everyday tensions and anxieties we face by having a Detox Party?
If you eat processed food, you are most likely eating food color additives. Many experts have raised health concerns about food color additives.
Consumers have used change.org to successfully communicate to these giant companies. This communication has resulted in the following companies, as of July 28, 2015, that have promised to removed artificial dyes from their products by 2018. Kraft who has removed artificial dyes from Mac & Cheese products, Subway, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Nestle, Papa John’s, Campbell Soup, Taco Bell and Panera eliminated these dyes, and General Mills and Mars announced they’re doing away with them as well!
It would be great to support those places that have removed these artificial dyes from their product lines. We, the consumer, must keep these giants accountable. Keep an eye on their products and ask to read labels. In addition, if you would like to take action, tell the FDA to Ban Harmful Synthetic Food Dyes here.
Let’s celebrate LIFE together the right way, in a positive way, and make it the best LIFE ever!
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