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.

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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.