Last week we shared with you the benefits and advantages of natural colors in food, but what happens with foods that have artificial colors?
From cereals, soft drinks, cakes, condiments, cookies, potatoes, sweet and very nearly everything we find in the super has artificial colors.
Why they are bad? Because many studies have shown that some people have serious health effects, such as allergies and hyperactivity, and even cancer.
Here we share some reasons to avoid these foods:
- They have no nutritional value, only serve to give a better appearance to the product, but any benefit.
- They are used in the industry because it is cheaper to color food with artificial dyes than with natural ones.
- Some are made from chemicals derived from oil.
- It has been shown that its consumption damage the health and activity of children.
- They hide in many foods, even those who seem “healthy” for example, balsamic vinegar, amaranth with vanilla, strawberry yogurt, etc.
- Most products for children contain artificial colors (even knowing the possible effects on health) just to make them more attractive. This causes they want to consume more processed products and natural options are alleged to be boring.
What to do to avoid them?
- Read the list of ingredients of products, whenever you see Red 40, Yellow 4, Yellow 5 or any other artificial coloring, find another option.
- Use natural and homemade dyes (paprika, blueberries, spinach). You want some pink hot cakes? Paint them with sugar beets or jamaica.
- Limit the consumption of sweet and soft drinks.
- Explain your children the possible effects on their health of artificial dyes to start making them aware.
It is very important to include foods of many colors, but they are like that by nature, so why to consume a color or food created in a laboratory?