Teaching Tuesday Want To Know Addition: Ditch The Dyes
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Teaching Tuesday Want To Know Addition: Ditch The Dyes

Teaching Tuesday Want To Know Addition: Ditch The Dyes

If you see a color with a number behind it on your ingredient list (Red#40, Blue#1), it’s likely that there are chemicals in your product that you don’t want around.

One clinical study found that removing artificial food dyes from the diet, along with a preservative called sodium benzoate, significantly reduced hyperactive symptoms. A small study found that 73% of children with ADHD showed a decrease in symptoms when artificial food dyes and preservatives were eliminated. And another study found that food dyes, along with sodium benzoate, increased hyperactivity in both 3-year-olds and a group of 8- and 9-year-olds.

Blue No. 1: Has been banned in France and Finland after research showed that it could cause chromosomal damage. Used in confections, beverages, cereals, frozen dairy desserts, popsicles, frostings & icings

Blue No. 2: Has been banned in Norway and has been linked to brain tumors. Used in baked goods, cereals, snack foods, ice cream, confections, and yogurt.

Green No. 3: Has been linked to bladder tumors. Used in cereal, ice cream, sherbet, drink mixers, and baked goods.

Red No. 2: Toxicity tests suggest safety concerns. Only approved for use to color orange peels.

Red No. 3: Used in confections, beverages, cereals, ice cream cones, frozen dairy desserts, popsicles, frostings & icings.

Red No. 40: May cause hyperactivity, lymphomas, and chromosomal damage. Used in cereal, beverages, gelatins, puddings, dairy products, and confections.

Yellow No. 5: Has been found to be contaminated with benzidine or other carcinogens and cause hypersensitivity reactions. It has also been associated with behavioral changes including irritability, restlessness, depression, and difficulty with sleeping. Used in confections, cereals, snack foods, beverages, condiments, baked goods, and yogurt.

Yellow No. 6: May cause eczema, hives, asthma, thyroid tumors, and allergies. Used in American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy, and carbonated beverages.

Are you ready to ditch the dyes yet?

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