So many snack foods and candy that our children eat are brightly coloured with food dyes, specifically yellow dye #5 and Blue #2. Recent studies (and many not so recent ones), show negative effects on brain activity in children after they eat even small doses of such artificial food colourings.
Hyperactivity, symptoms of ADD and ADHD, and shortened attention spans are all documented results of a diet containing artificial ingredients such as food colouring.
All artificial food additives are just that… artificial. Such artificial colours are chemicals, synthesized from petroleum and coal-tar products. They can alter brain activity, and cause stress on the liver. These additives offer no known nutritional benefit. In fact, many require additional chemicals to “bind” them to the food products and these extra chemicals do not even have to be listed on an ingredients list.
The next time you’re buying snacks for your child’s school lunch, please do your child a favour. Read the label, and avoid purchasing anything that includes artificial ingredients.
By Garry Van Dijk, Nutritionist
Gerry will be at Hooper’s Pharmacy’s Customer Appreciation Day on June 26.