Natural dyes such as achiote, saffron, curcuma and others have been used since ancient times to highlight the color of food. Due to the rapid increase of the population and the need to supply a high demand for processed foods, companies use the artificial colors, they are responsible for returning the color that food has lost when exposed to high temperatures, not only losing A high content of nutrients but its appearance, making it unappetizing for the consumer.
Artificial dyes are known as additives in the food industry and are commonly added to soft drinks, cereals, canned food, packaged soups, sweets, fruit juices, sausages, ice cream and sweets among others. They are widely used but every day emphasized more in capturing the attention of children who are exposed greatly day to day to find this type of colorants in their lunch-boxes, these being toxic and harmful to their health.
In the last few years have you wondered why there are so many sick children? The answer is that these additives are increasingly related to diseases in children, from strong headaches to degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Today I want to share 5 things you did not know about sweets.
1. Yellow dye # 5 or also known as tartrazine is commonly found in pack fritters, soft drinks and sweets.
Its consumption is increasingly related to allergies, vision problems and asthma attacks.
It is related to a large percentage of cases of ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children.
2. Red dye # 40 is a chemical obtained from petroleum distillates, it is one of the most used dyes in the industry, it is present in gelatine, doritos, yogurt, cotton candy, jams, cereals and sausages. It is related to insomnia, lack of concentration in classrooms, and hyperactivity of children, making them more aggressive and nervous.
3. The food industry with its desire to produce “fun” foods for children uses the blue color in sweets and ice cream making it very appealing to them. In recent years the relationship of this colorant with male infertility has increased.
4. These soft drinks and snacks that we mention besides artificial colors, have flavorings, and preservatives that do not contribute any nutritional value to our children, on the contrary acidify them making them more vulnerable to diseases.
5. The combination of sugar and dyes causes increased appetite in children for this same class of products that will make them more likely to be overweight or worse, still being exposed to obesity and childhood diabetes.
As parents expect food companies to eliminate these dyes or as in many European countries these products have a label on their labeling of their harmful power, would lead us to continue exposing our children to acquire diseases.
My invitation is to Create Awareness and limit as much as possible this type of food and to welcome a clean diet full of natural colorings such as those provided by fruits and vegetables, which are fundamental for the good growth and development of our children.
It is time to take action, by uniting in this awareness we will be creating good eating habits in our families and at the same time companies will be forced to replace artificial colors with natural dyes.