A consumer advocacy group called on the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to ban the use of eight artificial colorings in food because the additives may cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in some children.

Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you, but as the parent of kid who is sensitive to food dyes, this means so much.

I know I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not sure people understand just how pervasive food dyes are. Virtually every mass-marketed product aimed at children has food dyes in it. Every fun, junky cereal with a prize in it. Every ice cream that isn’t chocolate or vanilla. Candy, popsicles, birthday cakes — even some brands of yogurt and macaroni and cheese — all off-limits for my kid. Even over-the-counter medications have it. When she’s sick, my kid has to swig down a massive amount of nasty-tasting liquid baby Tylenol, simply because it’s the only dye-free version available.

Every time my kid tells someone she can’t have food with dye because it makes her “crazy,” or when I offer her a safe red food — like a strawberry — and she still asks me if it has red dye in it, I just want to cry. I know there are plenty of kids in the world with more pressing problems than this, but those kids aren’t my kid, and all I want is for my kid to be able to eat whatever she wants.

The British government is already successfully getting food manufacturers to remove all food dyes… so why can’t we do that here?

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6 thoughts on “Amazing.

  1. As a pharmacist, I recommend that you try and find out which exact dyes your child is allergic to. This can be done with IgG testing and subjecting the child to minuscule amounts of the dyes. This could be important, specifically in the medications you can give your child, and it could also increase the spectrum of foods your child can ingest because all food dyes have different ingredients. Technically most food dyes are “all-natural” (I hate people that stress “natural” or “organic” products by the way) in that they are all extracts that are found in the world and very few are lab synthesized molecules.

    So that’s my two cents. Go to a physician to be sure that it is an allergy to dyes and not some other illness if you haven’t already.

  2. umm…corporate greed?

    I agree that it’s disgusting- it didn’t faze me much when I lived in the states because I didn’t know that non-day-glo yogurt for kids existed, lol! But now I see the colors of cereal and other stuff and think..WHY????

    (just so no one thinks I think it’s perfect here in France, they fry all tortilla chips and such in palm/coconut oil…) :-)

  3. It’s really amazing, isn’t it, that the country is willing to sacrifice the health of it’s children for the all-mighty dollar.

    My daughter has definite sensitivities to things–I won’t say she is “allergic” because I’ve not had her tested, but I’ve taken away a whole LOT of crap from her diet and she is like a different kid. Her grades did a 180 in a month!

    So. Yeah. They suck.

  4. I’d love to read some of your other posts about your daughter’s allergy. I’ve been trying to open my brother’s eyes up to a couple of things (nephew I think needs to be tested), and trying to get more educated along the way.

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