Inflammatory title? Absosmurfly. Why? BECAUSE THEY DO. How many foods do your children eat that have artificial dyes? Did you know that the FDA has decided there is no definitive link between dyes and reactions kids have? Obviously, they’ve never given my oldest child a glass of Hawaiian Punch. I even brought up this issue with my doctor. He informed me it’s a very common thing for kids to not be able to tolerate red dye. Red dye #40 is made from petroleum and coal tar. Yes, you are feeding your child PETROLEUM, and the FDA allows it and says there’s no link to reactions kids have to eating PETROLEUM. If doctors and parents are seeing this link, you know I say to the FDA? You’ve got your heads in the sand.
Riddle me this: If you aren’t letting your child sit down with a jar of Vaseline for snack time, why are you letting them eat foods with red dye in them?
Oh, and then there’s the study that claims naked Cheetos weren’t as well liked without the color. Did they also include the MSG? Did you know that Utz is the ONLY brand of flavored snack in the chip aisle that does NOT use MSG? How do I know this? Because MSG give me migraines, and I have to read all the labels. No more Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, or even other brands of BBQ and sour cream and onion chips for me. Only Utz from now on. And you know what? The Utz chips are really good, so this can be achieved without artificial colors because my older son who can’t have red dye CAN eat their BBQ chips as well. So if Utz can do it, why can’t the other companies? Hmmmmmm? Doesn’t make a lot of sense if you ask me.
And if you go to the article, they show gray popsicles. That’s ridiculous. If Edy’s can have all fruit popsicles without artificial dyes that are tasty, why can’t everyone else? The sprinkles argument for cupcakes is just plain stupid too. I’ve gotten sprinkles that are artificial dye free (and gluten free too!) at the grocery store that are plenty colorful. Their arguments for using the artificial dyes just aren’t making sense to me when there are natural things that produce the same effect. Oh wait, is it because it’s not CHEAP? Ohhhhhh. Well if that’s the case, I’m sorry, but you can’t put a price on my family’s health.
While I”m on my soapbox, let’s talk medications. My older son has had a nasty croupy cough for a week now (yes, I know croup isn’t typically seen in 9yo kids. My kid is odd, what can I say?). Do you have ANY idea how hard it’s been to find medicines to keep him comfortable just so he can get some sleep at night? It’s absolutely, positively INSANE to try and find medications for kids that don’t have red dye. This is true for OTC and prescription medications. Frankly, I’m tired of it. There is NO reason those dyes need to be in medications too. Sure, there are a select few medications that have gone dye free, but have you seen them? The pain relievers are thick and nasty. My kid gags on them. Why can’t we have chewables or pills without artificial colorings? And yes, I WOULD pay more to get them (but I shouldn’t have to) so my child wouldn’t have to suffer through simple cold symptoms that most of us can get relief for.
All of these artificial dyes in our foods have no purpose. I don’t care what anyone says. They DO produce reactions in kids. Not just some kids, but a wide enough number that doctors and parents are taking notice. It’s time the FDA gets on board too and stops pandering to the food manufacturing companies’ wallets.