Green is the Theme
So, I decided to enter a contest at Foodie.com by collecting and sharing naturally green recipes and in the course of doing that over the past week or so it kind of snowballed. I became curious about food dyes in general. Are they safe? Why are they added to foods? Who approves what dyes can be added to foods? You see where I’m going with this.
As you can imagine, googling food dyes in a variety of ways leaves you with millions of articles and reports. The nutrition nerd in me found it all fascinating and not in a good way and as someone that eats and is a parent I found it mind boggling that food dyes are approved at all.
I didn’t necessarily research in-depth everything. I go to resources I trust for information and when it comes down to it, if there is that much doubt and questioning about the safety of something we’re eating why risk it unnecessarily? If even a fraction of what I read is true then dyes should not be approved to be added to foods.
Just a glimpse of what I read:
Artificial food dyes are man-made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum (a crude oil product, which also happens to be used in gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar).
Artificial food dyes require a warning label in other countries outside the US. <====== no typos in that statement
Artificial food dyes have been banned in countries like Norway and Austria (and are being phased out in the UK).
Artificial food dyes yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are contaminated with known carcinogens (a.k.a. an agent directly involved in causing cancer).
Artificial food dyes cause an increase in hyperactivity in children.
Artificial food dyes have a negative impact on children’s ability to learn.
Artificial food dyes have been linked to long-term health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines.
Artificial food dyes add absolutely no nutritional value to the foods we are eating and are solely used for aesthetic purposes only.
For more information on dyes that are added to our foods: Center For Science In the Public Interest Says Food Dyes Pose a Rainbow of Risks, Finding and Avoiding Artificial Food Dyes and 7 Reasons I Hate Artificial Food Dyes
Naturally Green Recipes
The contest at Foodie.com was to create a #naturallygreen collection of recipes. Check out my collection…
And a few of my own naturally green recipes:
Chopped Green Salad. Nutritional Powerhouse in a Bowl.
Asian Broccoli Slaw
Nutrient Dense Green Monster Smoothie
And an all natural option for adding green color and nutrients, Benefits of Spirulina
And for a little more green information ======> Health Benefits of Adding Green To Your Plate
On the Menu
Veggie Stir Fry with Quinoa
Raw Sprouted Salad
Stuffed Sweet Potato
Comfort Soup with Kale Croutons
Roasted Veggies with Quinoa
Heaven In A Bowl
Apple Crisp Salad
Homemade Granola with Blueberries
Be HEALTHY. Be HAPPY. Be YOU.