Have you ever noticed a difference in your child’s behavior after eating some unnaturally colorful treats? Pay attention the next time and chances are good, you will see a difference, and not a positive one.
Now I love colors as much as the next person, but to eat it…I don’t think so. I’m not sure if it’s the chemicals and what they do to our kids, or the actual foods the kids must be eating to get these dyes into their little bodies that I don’t love. Regardless, here are just a few of the problems associated with consumptions of these food dyes:
- Inability to Concentrate
- Learning Disabilities
- Insomnia (which contributes to poor behavior)
- Aggressive Behavior
- Frequent Crying Spells
Red dye #40 has been most commonly associated with aggressive and impulsive behavior in children. Tantrums, hitting, kicking and swearing are common reactions in children sensitive to this dye. According to research, “parents whose children consumed any food with this dye experienced a sudden and violent change in personality. When the dye was removed, the behavioral problems disappeared.” Wow, that’s powerful stuff. How can our kids be the best they can be, when they aren’t even able to be themselves?