I’m not usually a fan of food additive scares, as I find a lot of the
"science" driving them to be somewhat emotionally based rather than factually
based. For example, one of the urban legends surrounding this topic can be found
here. Be sure to read the whole article before you retch.
I like to point out that we have the safest and most nutritious food supply
in the history of mankind right now, but we also have a lot of bad choices
available. Its when the good choices start to become problematic that I get
Food coloring, specifically Red
Dye number 40 is found in so many things, that its often hard to know if its in a food unless
you read the fine print on the product label. For example, today I found out that EGGO waffles
have Red#40 in them. It was a complete surprise. There are hundreds of other
foods that you wouldn’t suspect that have it too.
I have two small children, and my wife has found that Red Dye 40 can lead to
behavioral problems in young children. I was skeptical at first, but when we
removed all foods and snacks containing Red 40 from our son’s diet, we began to see a marked
change towards the mellow, easy going child he used to be.
It works. Here is an
article from teachers.net for you to read if you have an interest in this