This blog is to advocate for children who seem to have behavior problems, but are really reacting to the artificial dyes found in foods and medicines. It is to help others to be more aware of how food affects your mood. Children and adults can suddenly become irritable, have headaches, and even become angry or aggressive after ingesting synthetic artificial dyes. I recommend avoiding all artificial colors. This blog was created to help you find the information you need.
Red Dye 40 in Energy Drinks - Are your children drinking these?
Currently there are no restrictions on children consuming energy drinks. Children can buy drinks, such as Red Bull, without parental permission and down as many as they can afford or tolerate. The other day I saw a group of boys outside of Publix chugging down their Red Bull drinks. Not only are they getting a large dose of caffeine but those nasty artificial dyes derived from petroleum (Red Dye 40). Children will become use to the feeling of high energy and might try to get that feeling again - and that is how these products may become addictive. Caffeine, in itself, can be very addicting. Now our society may have children who become edgy and irritable when their bodies crave the caffine that they have become used to. Also, there are the children who have a sensitivity to the red dye in the drink and act in an overly aggressive manner, become hyper, or depressed - not to mention the harmful effects of the dyes for any person consuming it. Are we being responisble when we allow this to continue?