About a month ago, I found out about all the artificial colorings they put in American products and it just made me nuts.
Dyes like Yellow 5 and Red 40 are in everything from candy to cereal to cough syrup to toothpaste and these dyes are made from PETROLEUM. These food colorings can cause temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, nervousness, dizziness and inability to concentrate in children. Some lab studies have even shown a link to cancer.
It’s all pretty disgusting, especially when you find out that these companies use vegetables and fruits to color the very same products in countries like the UK. Because Brits are smart and actually banned artificial colorings.
And maybe you are thinking – but hey, aren’t they accidentally eating horse meat over there? Okay, I don’t want to eat Black Beauty either but you know what, it’s far healthier than eating PETROLEUM. I don’t know why I keep capitalizing that word. I told you this stuff makes me crazy.
Easter is coming up which is an adorable holiday because who doesn’t like bunnies, chicks and chocolate. I headed to my local pharmacy to check out the Easter offerings and I honestly could not find anything without Red 40 this or Blue 1 that.
Why more stores aren’t taking advantage of the fact that many of us are trying to put better, healthier stuff into our kids – I don’t know.
But luckily, there are Easter options without artificial food colorings….
1. Target: This mega chain carries Unreal Candy but you have to visit the store to purchase. Unreal Candy has no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no preservatives. Apparently many CVS stores also carry this brand.
2. Natural Candy Store: Order away! Their candy has no artificial colors or dyes, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives and no hydrogenated oils.
3. Stores that carry a lot of European products will have dye free candy and there might be one near you. For example, I’ve heard Fairway has a great selection of European candy.
4. Whole Foods: Although not cheap, this chain does carry candy without out all those nasty colorings. So save your money and head on over.
5. Trader Joe’s: They have some dye free options but check the label because I have stumbled upon products in the store (although not with the Trader Joe label) with the infamous red dye 40. GASP! For instance, skip Darrell Lea Strawberry licorice. It’s super yummy but sadly contains Red dye 40. Check your labels!
Know of any other great places to buy candy without artificial dyes? The Easter Bunny wants to know. Please share!
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