Okay. We are cutting anything made with Red 40 completely out of our diet.
My warning first came from our pediatrician, who said that candies, food, and drinks containing Red 40 have been shown to produce toxic psychological and behavior results. In fact this may be a factor in Gabriel's issues. Red 40 is the dye used in candy, food, and drinks like koolaid and artificial juice, to produce red, pink, purple, and orange colors. If it's Red 40 LAKE it's even more dangerous because the consistency is changed and it "sticks" in the liver longer, producing longer-lasting results. Results include anywhere from extreme hyperactivity to psychotic behavior and extreme mood swings. In fact, one girl I talked to said her brother was misdiagnosed with ADD and ADHD until they finally figured out the whole problem was Red 40. Another girl I talked to said she had horrible effects from it...like a switch went off in her brain and she lost self-control as far as her mood and temperament, and the effects lasted several days for her.
Some families cut it out and notice no difference...but most do. I spent some time researching this (of course, you all know me...heh) the last few days. I'm going on a Red 40 hunt through my house. If it's not naturally red, it's gone. Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of places will shoot red dye into apples to make them redder...so I will no longer be buying red delicious apples.
Edited to add:
Red #40 used to be made from coal tar, now it is made from petroleum. It's chemical name is
6-hydroxy-5-(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenylazo)-2-naphtalenesulfonic acid sodium salt
Just think...we're putting petroleum inside our bodies!!
I hope this info proves helpful! Making this popular will help warn more moms!