It really got me thinking about the use of artificial coloring in just about everything we eat. But even more, I wonder if I could pass the taste test!
Did you know that the use of food dyes are regulated by the FDA? In 1960, Congress passed the Color Additive Amendment that required all types of additives to be regulated by the FDA. Today, there are 9 certified synthetic food dyes and the FDA only certifies dyes that are safe for use. (click HERE for more details). Because of this regulation, when used in food, the dyes have to be listed as an ingredient. (exempt, non-synthetic dyes do not have to be disclosed).
Earlier this Spring, the FDA examined the possible link between food coloring and ADHD in children. Ultimately, they decided that there was not sufficient data to confirm the link, but it did make people think about the use of artificial coloring in foods. There is some evidence of intolerance to food dyes, but these can be difficult to determine because there food dyes are so prevalent in the food we eat today and no diagnostic tests are available.
Food coloring is in almost everything we eat. As the video says, even some fruit! Food colorings are mostly used to make food look appetizing. I mean, who would be thrilled to sit down to Thanksgiving Dinner if everything looked a drab gray? This is just my guess here, but it seems that only people who eat a diet absolutely free of all processed foods. Some people do try to eat only foods without dyes or with just natural food colorings, but for most people that's pretty difficult to do.
If you were given three different bowls of pudding, each a different color but all chocolate, do you think you'd be able to pass the test?
- What's your favorite food? Do you think you'd like it as much if it was a drab gray or brown color?
- Are you going to participate in National Bike to Work Day tomorrow?
Wednesday's workout -
2x15 lateral arm raise
2x20 bent row
2x20 lat pull down
3x15 back extension
Today's workout -
2x20 cable pushdown
2x20 bicep curl
2x15 tricep dip
2x15 weighted side bends
2x20 front arm raise
3x15 reverse crunch
lots of stretching