Junk food offers a high-calorie, high-sugar, low-nutrition way to trick your body into thinking that you are feeding it properly. And there’s another reason to avoid it: food dyes. Many scientists have studied how these chemical food additives affect our bodies and brains, but the actual amount (in milligrams) of food dyes in products is not always brought into the limelight. New research out of Purdue University, according to our friends at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), has found that some sugary cereals contain up to 41mg of food dyes per serving. That’s a lot! Food dyes are required to be listed on food packages, but the amounts need not be. Quoting, Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CSPI:
Until now, how much of these neurotoxic chemicals are used in specific foods was a well-kept secret," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. "I suspect that food manufacturers themselves don't even know. But now it is clear that many children are consuming far more dyes than the amounts shown to cause behavioral problems in some children. The cumulative impact of so much dyed foods in children's diets, from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, is a partial reason why behavioral problems have become more common."
Read more about which products you will want to make sure to avoid (if you don’t already) at the CSPI article below and make sure to check out CSPI’s report Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, to learn even more.
Food Dyes via CSPI