http://www.kake.com/news/features/2/4716906.html

Okay. We are cutting anything made with Red 40 completely out of our diet.


 Here's why:

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!

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sherriet
Feb. 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Good for you!  We cut Red 40 from the kids' diet and had noticeable results.  The mood swings disappeared - until the moody teen years, anyway.  DD had major swings; so bad that we went to her ped with concerns.  That awesome woman told us to keep a food log for a few days while running tests (including an EEG).  A month after DD's abnormal EEG and the end of all things Red 40, her EEG was normal and the mood swings were gone.

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rebab...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Excellent post and information. Thank you.

I have always gotten crazy looks from people when I tell them we avoid as many artificial dyes in our food as possible. RED ESPECIALLY. I always thought the connections between red 40 and behavior in kids was a lot more known. Hopefully your post will help spread a little awareness. Thanks again.

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Hazey...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM

My husband and Son are both Allergic to red dye. My husband had seizures from it when he was a kid, but now handles it better. But if he has to much he will have staring seizures where he just sits and stares and wont even realize hes doing it. And my son can tolerate a little of it  like a red m&m he is okay with give him a few  and he will break out in a horrible rash. Its absolutely horrible trying to find things with out it.  Its in everything. Its is very hard when my son get sick and the doctor tries to prescribe medicine because ever thing is bright red. My son cant even take the multivitamins the Dr. prescribed because she didn't know they were all orange, red, and purple. So he is still on the vitamin drops. I never new anything about red dye and its effects until my husband. Glad to hear your getting it out of your diet. Once you get used to looking at everything for it you don't even realize that your doing it. I also get weird looks in the grocery store because I stop and look at the ingredients for everything. And then over half the time and look at my son and say sorry buddy you cant have that it has red dye. And people just look at me like huh?

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Norah...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Just so you know, if you dont fully agree with OP, she will delete your comment.  Not like I was rude or anything.I absolutely wasn't.  I stated facts given to me by my doctor about allergies to red 40, but since I didnt jump on the bandwagon of completely banning it, my comment was apprently deleted. Of course, this one will likely get deleted too.

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auror...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:08 PM

We have really been trying to cut this out of our son's diet except we just noticed it is in his VITAMINS!  Where can you find a good toddler vitamin that doesn't have this junk in it?  I looked at a few others and it seems that they all do....

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auror...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Just so you know, if you dont fully agree with OP, she will delete your comment.  Not like I was rude or anything.I absolutely wasn't.  I stated facts given to me by my doctor about allergies to red 40, but since I didnt jump on the bandwagon of completely banning it, my comment was apprently deleted. Of course, this one will likely get deleted too.

Feb. 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Well that really sucks....I love to read both sides of everything.  What did your doctor tell you if you don't mind posting? 

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Amand...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Thanks for the info! This must be why I was so loopy when I took cough medicine with red dye in it as a child!

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Sabel...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM

To NorahSethsMommy: Please try pming me next time before you go saying I did something. I did not delete your comment, I never saw your comment. Feel free to repost it instead of trying to cause drama. Thanks. :)

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May-20
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Dyes are a big no-no around here, along with HFCS and trans fats. I can't believe the places all that stuff turns up. Read your labels, ladies.

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sunmo...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Hi, I am group owner for Label Reading.  I wanted to share this post with you.  http://www.cafemom.com/group/86942/boards/read/7285705/Food_Color_information

I have done a fair amount of research lately too.  My kids don't seem to have any problems but I think my red spots are coming from the red dye.  It isn't very easy to cut out red dye because it really is in so much!  But I am working on it.  I have a list of foods with red dye, maybe we can compare notes!

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