Natural and alternative health advocates have long known that artificial (synthetic) food additives have a negative effect on human health. Although studies have linked consumption of food additives and increased hyperactivity (among other health issues) the FDA continues recommend the use of ADHD drugs, with “traumatic and undesirable” consequences. By Contributing Writer Dr. Michelle Kmiec
Natural and alternative health advocates have long known that artificial (synthetic) food additives have had a negative effect on human health.
Currently, although links have been made between consumption of food additives and increased hyperactivity (as well as cancer, chromosomal damage and other adverse affects), the FDA continues to drag its feet by still maintaining its stance that the results of such findings are “inconclusive” and continuing to recommend the use of ADHD drugs, while allowing the use of these dangerous additives.
Common Food Dyes & Additives
The use of unnatural substances to give food the appearance of something natural is a strange concept indeed. In the USA, there are seven artificial colorings that are permitted by the FDA. They are:
• FD&C Blue No. 2 – Indigotine, E132 (indigo shade)
• FD&C Green No. 3 – Fast Green FCF, E143 (turquoise shade)
• FD&C Red No. 40 – Allura Red AC, E129 (red shade)
• FD&C Red No. 3 – Erythrosine, E127 (pink shade, commonly used in glacé cherries)
• FD&C Yellow No. 5 – Tartrazine, E102 (yellow shade)
• FD&C Yellow No. 6 – Sunset Yellow FCF, E110 (orange shade)
In recent years, others such as FD&C Red No. 2, FD&C Red No. 4, and FD&C Red No. 32”Ž (to name a few) were banned for use due to ill effects on human health.
Why Do We Need Food Dyes Anyway?
And what exactly is the need of these food dyes in our food? Absolutely none – other than to add a specific “desirable” color (often to attract children).
So, with estimated users of ADHD drugs in the multi-millions in both children and adults, shouldn’t the question be…what is causing this behavior rather than routinely administering dangerous (but profitable) pharmaceutical drugs?
Isn’t it logical that an artificial substance such as food coloring along with preservatives, processing, and ridiculously high amounts of sugar (not to mention high corn fructose in practically every product sold) could possibly have a negative effect on our health?
Thank-goodness research is now linking what some of you have known all along: That unprocessed natural and organic whole foods, free of preservatives additives and chemicals, are the only foods we should be eating in order to be healthy and to live a long energetic life!
No research is required… only common sense.