The danger of food dyes

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, explains the great increase of food dyes in the food in America today and the negative effects they can have on your family
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The danger of food dyes

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Food dye consumption has increased five times since 1955. Many manufacturers use about 15 million pounds of this stuff in our food. That's why we have Red Dye No. 5 and all these other things, listed on the back of our food labels. These dyes have been linked to so many problems, including hyperactivity in kids. Some people actually say that linked sugar to hyperactivity, actually should be looking at the food dyes instead. These are things we really want to avoid. In Europe, if a food dye is in a product, the label is required to say that there is food dye in it. That's not the case in the United States. We have different laws. In Europe, if a food dye is in a product, it actually has to say it on the label. That's why manufacturers, Nestle for example, are phasing out food dyes and replacing them with things like carrots to give them a different color. I think that's the way that our foods should be manufactured in the United States. It makes me mad that my kids can only choose candy with food dyes that cause hyperactivity and other problems, whereas, somebody in another country can choose candy, and it's safer for them. It should be the same everywhere.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, explains the great increase of food dyes in the food in America today and the negative effects they can have on your family

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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