You avoid giving your children wildly colored, processed foods because you don’t want them affected by the food dyes those foods obviously contain. However, it may surprise you that many foods and beverages you would never think contain these chemical toxins, most of which are specifically marketed to children, actually do contain them.
What foods? Well, this article lists quite a few, including Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Keebler Cheese and Peanut Butter Crackers, Sunny D Orange Strawberry, Kool-Aid Burst Cherry, M&M’s Milk Chocolate, Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Berries and Skittles Original.
From the article the bottom line is this: “Behavioral tests found as little as 30 mg can cause adverse reactions. Clinical trials have shown that a small number of children are affected by doses up to 35 mg, with larger percentages generally being affected by doses of 100 mg or more. And, if your child eats 2 cups of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, a small bag of Skittles, and drinks 8 ounces of Crush Orange they will have consumed 102 milligrams of artificial dye!”
A 6-week study of 200 children at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) showed that the consumption of foods containing dyes caused behavioral changes in children. However, there are other dangers as well. According to a report published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, these chemicals, which add no nutritional value whatsoever, can cause allergic reactions, some of which could be life-threatening, as well as being possible cancer causing agents, as well as possibly causing brain, thyroid and kidney tumors and damage.
Do you notice a difference in your children’s behavior when they eat more processed foods?
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