procop wrote:It worth nothing the artificial coloring is FDA approved.
It's actually worth a lot. They put a great deal of research (and money) into sorting out the truth from the rumor and focusing on the sound and well-executed studies while eliminating the flawed and biased ones wherever possible. They've taken on big business and won on many many occasions. They aren't perfect but certainly better than random alarmist websites.
Granted, there is some evidence that a small minority of children may be sensitive to chemical dyes and there are also some people who are allergic to them (just as there are people allergic to a variety of natural and otherwise wholesome substances). However, after several in-depth reviews over the years, experts still conclude they are safe for the vast majority of people and in the amounts typically found in actual foods:
"Both the FDA and the (EFSA) independently... concluded that the study does not substantiate a link between the color additives that were tested and behavioral effects." http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/ucm094211.htm#qahyper
It's regrettable otherwise great and delicious product uses this poison.
Calling it "poison" is both a blatantly false, and completely unsubstantiated statement.
My take is that (with a few exceptions for those with extreme sensitivity) if your kids are eating enough of these types of sweets/processed/packaged foods on a regular basis for the dye to be a major problem, you really need to take a MUCH broader look at their diets than just the artificial coloring.
Focusing on one or a few, reportedly "bad" but generally recognized as safe, ingredients is a completely backward approach.
Instead you should look at nutrition as a whole. If you have a chocolate or two every so often, that's perfectly fine in the context of an otherwise healthy diet, but if you have Froot Loops for breakfast, fast food for lunch, Skitt1es for a snack, Chef Boyardee and Cheetos for dinner, and then eat the whole bag of chocolate cherries, you're going to have a problem, whether the cherries have a tiny amount of red dye or not.