Yesterday we discussed that there are many studies showing the dangers of food dyes. They have been linked to allergies, ADHD, and cancer.
Today we reference the "Smart Guide To Food Dyes: Buying foods that can help learning" by David Wallinga, M.D., Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Food and Health Program with things you can do to reduce the exposure to food dyes.
Things you can do:
• Eat whole foods (fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and protein/dairy). Whole foods are better for you, and allow you to avoid the inspection of food labels necessary to avoid toxic food dyes.
• At home or at restaurants, avoid foods with synthetic food dyes, especially if a child suffers from hyperactivity, ADHD, or other learning or developmental disabilities.
• Garden with kids, visit a farm or join a CSA to help teach your children how ripe whole foods should actually look, smell and taste.
• Call on the FDA to grant CSPI’s petition to eliminate synthetic dyes from our children’s food supply. Ask elected officials to do the same.
• Ask children's teachers, principals, and school board members to allow only “brain foods” in schools (including vending machines) foods free of synthetic dyes impacting children’s ability to learn and be healthy.
• File a report to be sent to the FDA if you think your child has been affected by food dyes. See http:// www.cspinet.org/fooddyes.