Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Saturday 10 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Michael of the Saints
home iconFor Her
line break icon

The 1 additive to nix from your child’s diet immediately

Pexels Photos

Cara Busson-Clark - published on 03/29/17

With Easter coming, it's a good time to look for some replacements.

When someone asks me what foods they should avoid, I try to turn that question into a positive thought. I like to focus on what you can have, not what you can’t. There’s a little psychology at work behind that: If you think you’re not missing out, you’re not. That feeling is crucial to sticking to a healthy lifestyle, and increasing your chance of success achieving your overall well-being goals.

Read more:
Simple nutrition tips for healthier digestion

With that being said, there are some additives I suggest removing from your diet immediately, if you haven’t already, and one of them is artificial colors.

Even my kids know to avoid these colors like the plague. They hesitate at birthday parties when cake is offered because next to candy, baked goods are one of the biggest culprits of having these unhealthy color additives. Though, I will say that friends birthday parties are the 1 percent of time they’re allowed to have this kind of junk. I’m not the type of mom who thinks that any little thing is going to kill them. I just let my kids know that these are unhealthy and can hurt us. Our oldest daughter, who’s seven, feels out of control when she has this kind of treat. She doesn’t like the way it makes her feel, which is a good indication that it’s not real food. So you can start to see why this is the number one ingredient I encourage my clients to remove from their child’s diet right away, but especially if they have already had any metabolic health issues.

Pexels Photo

Easter is coming up, which I believe ranks the highest in candy (after Halloween) as far as holidays go, so now is a good time to start finding some replacements for your typical treats!

Food dyes can be so dangerous to our health that other countries have warning labels against them on the foods containing the added colors. Beware of our labels here in the U.S. They will trick you! For instance, if there’s a trace of real, natural food colors, it may say, “flavored naturally with some artificial.” But with a phrase like that, you can bet that most of what you’re eating is fake.

Avoid these 8 colors when possible:

Blue #1
Blue #2
Citrus Red #2
Green #3
Red #3
Red #40
Yellow #5
Yellow #6

These colors, according to private research, have been linked to cancer, tumors, hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavior effects in children.

Delfi de la rua | Unsplash

The good news is, many of the major food companies are making a huge shift toward natural food dyes. The better news? About 99 percent of the time, with a little effort on your end, avoiding food dyes is very easy. If you shop at health foods stores like Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Mother’s Market or your local health store, you will be able to find natural dye alternatives for your kids’ favorite treats. Or, check Amazon for dye-free Easter candy if you don’t have access to a great health foods market. You’ll be amazed at the options you can find that are so much better suited for your sweet little ones—and yourself!

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Archbishop Georg Gänswein
I.Media for Aleteia
Gänswein: Benedict XVI expected to live only a few months after r...
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
Philip Kosloski
Why you can eat meat on Easter Friday
Francisco Veneto
Priest brother of pilot whose plane broke in two says “St. ...
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
Philip Kosloski
4 Fun facts about Easter Week
John Burger
Benedictine nuns in Missouri seem to be targeted by shootings
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.