Saturday, May 11, 2013

Red 40

I talked with my sister-in-law this past week about children having a sensitivity to food dyes, like Red 40.  I’ve mentioned before how some days Olivia unexpectedly goes into this hyperactive state and I “lose” her.  She is always very active, but sometimes she literally bounces off the walls.  So, I’ve been paying close attention to what she eats and how she responds.  Every time she has acted that way, I have found that she recently ate something with Red 40 in it.  Tonight she had chicken and rice with some chocolate milk.  No Red 40, so I wasn’t expecting any hyperactivity.  And then it started and it’s never good when we’ve just put Abigail to sleep.  I was a bit perplexed until I remembered the juice that she had AFTER dinner.  Red 40.  Needless to say, we will be getting rid of all food and drinks with Red 40 and I’ll be reading labels at the grocery store tomorrow.  I just hate that it has taken me 5 1/2 years to figure this out.


Brandi W. said...

Gotta love Red 40! Did you see the recent stuff about the dyes in Kraft Mac and Cheese? Ugh! We have recently put Carson on a gluten/dairy free diet and WOW! We had heard that it helps with Autism. He is pointing and saying more words! I limit his juices and he gets organic only. I have began making more homemade food. I just made gluten dairy free French toast this morning. It was simple and only had a few ingredients in it. There is a blog by a local person here in Charlotte called 100 Days of Real Food. She has some really good recipes and ideas about eating "real" food. The crockpot chicken is easy and so YUMMY! Plus since I have two and one year old running around I don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. You should check it out. Sorry for the long comment but I just love to chat about healthier eating!

Amanda said...

oh yes.. this is a huge thing for some kiddos. I took away red dye 40when Jake was 2, and it made a huge difference in his concentration even! We cut out popsicles for a couple years even... and Kool aid.. fruit snacks...etc. Hope this helps :)