Friday, December 13, 2013

Resources for Leaving Behind Artificial Colors

So you want to give up artificial food colors or help someone else do it? Here are some resources to help you along the way! Just leave a comment if you know a link that could be added.

Goodbye Artificial Colors - Pinterest board with links to foods and brands without artificial colors, companies to be wary of, and natural colors to use at home

B in Real Life - She has a 5-day series of posts called Bye Bye Food Dye. I found the FAQ to be particularly helpful. B also has a few helpful Pinterest boards at Die, Food Dye.

Feingold Diet - According to their website, "It's a diagnostic tool to determine if certain foods or food additives are triggering some or all of the problems you are seeing. It is continued as a treatment. It can also be combined with any other necessary medical treatments." If you come across recipes on the Internet that say "Approved for the Feingold Diet," they won't contain artificial colors or flavors.

Natural Food Color Brands
Here are companies making natural food colors for your homemade creations.
Chocolate Craft Colors
Natural Candy Store - It has so much more than just natural colors!
India Tree
Maggie's Naturals - Food coloring and sprinkles. Liquid color is not concentrated.
Seelect - It doesn't list exact ingredients of every color. Some just say "Ingredients: Plant and Vegetable Extract."

Natural Food Color Recipes and Tips
Want a DIY approach that is much less expensive? Some bloggers have tried their hands at making homemade food colors with fruits and veggies. 
Nourishing Joy
Lunch Box Bunch
An Organic Wife

Monday, December 2, 2013

Naturally Colored Christmas Food

Many companies capitalize on the holidays by offering red and green treats, and many party foods are oozing with the artificial colors as well. Fortunately, Christmas doesn't have to be so unnatural. Simple tricks can be used, like using natural food colors or naturally colored candies in place of the artificial colors (like Sunspire Sun Drops Chocolate Candies). Colorful place settings and centerpieces can be used instead of colorful food. And then there are these fun ideas from around the web:

Decorate the packaging instead of the food.
Snowmen Popcorn Cups
 http://doitandhow.com/2013/09/12/snowman-cheesesticks/


Decorate your food table with a Christmas tree platter.
 
http://ginger-and-garlic.blogspot.com/2009/12/espresso-chocolate-truffles-and-wish.html
 
Incorporate more white for a wintery look.
 
 
Pair red and green fruits and veggies.
 
http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/christmas-mini-skewers-tomatoes-peppers-cheese/
 
What are your favorite holiday foods, and how do you make them without artificial color?

This post is linked to A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesday Blog Hop.
 


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Artificial Color Anecdotes

Anecdotal evidence is not as reliable as scientific evidence. It's too subjective -- usually coming from parents' observations. But the quantity of anecdotes against artificial food coloring is growing too large to ignore. Below are a few on the Internet. For more stories, click the source links.
 
On a side note: Some people are allergic to food colors, and some people are sensitive to them. As Jane Hersey, author of Why Can't My Child Behave?, explains "What we deal with in most people is not an allergic response but a sensitivity," says Hersey. "If your family moved to a city that was very polluted, different family members would react differently. One might have an asthmatic attack. Another would get a headache, but you wouldn't say you're allergic to pollution."
 
Please remember that not all aggressive or hyperactive behaviors can be eliminated by removing artificial food colors and preservatives from the diet. However, these parents show that it can help many children.

Image from Pixabay

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What's My Problem with Artificial Food Colors?

It's a controversial topic in certain groups. Some people demand that artificial food colors be banned, while some people in the US government (namely, the FDA) claim the colors are perfectly safe. The majority of people don't give it a second thought and just eat what they want to eat.

Photographer: David Coleman | Agency: Dreamstime.com
Pseudo (sü-dō) is something fake or not genuine. Food, according to the dictionary, is "something that nourishes or sustains." Pseudo food does neither of these and may actually harm the one ingesting it. It has the appearance of food but lacks the actual characteristics.