10 Things You Need to Know About Food Dyes.
1. In the United States, the FDA has approved nine artificial food colors, mostly derived from petroleum.
2. In Europe, a warning label has been required since July 2010 on foods that contain certain artificial colors.
3. In the 1970s, pediatric allergist Ben Feingold asserted that hyperactive kids who eliminated artificial flavors and colors from their diets showed a remarkable improvement in behavior.
4. In 2007, the U.K.’s Southampton Study showed for the first time that artificial food colors and additives can affect the behavior of kids who don’t have any proclivities toward ADHD.
5. In 2012, a meta-analysis of 24 studies showed that as many as 33 percent of kids with ADHD may benefit from diets free of artificial-food colors and additives.
6. Some experts say that some children would not develop ADHD if they weren’t consuming artificially colored foods.
7. Animal studies have shown a link between artificial dyes and such health problems as reproductive issues and kidney disease.
8. In 2011, the FDA acknowledged that the dyes may have negative effects on some kids, but since it didn’t find absolute proof that artificial dyes cause hyperactivity, it ruled that companies could continue using the dyes in foods without warning labels.
9. The more whole, nutritious, unprocessed foods you eat, the less likely you are to run into artificial dyes.
10. Avoid anything with terms such as “FD&C Lakes” (a type of dye pigment), “Citrus Red,” or “artificial color.
Beyond Weight Loss: 4 Ways Vegetables Improve Your Health
Doctors across the country are prescribing fruits and vegetables to their overweight and obese patients. But the health benefits extend beyond weight loss.
1. They’re full of phytonutrients. These plant-based micronutrients may protect against chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
2. They feed your body — and your brain. According to Mark Hyman, MD, plant-based carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits play an integral role in brain function and mood regulation.
3. They’re a good source of fiber, a natural detoxifier that impacts health in more ways than one.
4. You can grow your own. The act of tending a garden has numerous health benefits beyond the edible harvest, thanks to the physical.