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Why Food Dyes are Toxic to Your Health

When you hear the phrase “food dyes,” what comes to mind?

Coloring Easter Eggs?

Creating a special birthday cake?

Making treats fun and eye-catching?

Aggressive behavior and problems sleeping?

Whoa, what’s that last one again?

Although we tend to think of food dyes as changing the color of food only, a closer look at the ingredient list reveals some additives that can have some not-so-pleasant side effects. In fact, extensive research shows that food dyes are associated with the following: hyperactivity, allergies, learning impairment, irritability, aggressiveness, and sleep disturbances. Yikes!

These problems are never fun for anyone, but can be particularly difficult for families with children with autism who already experience significant behavioral challenges.

So what exactly is it in our foods that can be so dangerous? The worst offenders to watch out for on food labels are these artificial colorings: Citrus Red 2, Blue 1 and 2, Red 3 and Number 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Many of these have been banned in different countries, as they’ve been linked to cancer, DNA mutation, and nerve growth. If you see that they’re in certain foods you usually buy, just say no!

Common Culprits:

The sad truth is that these dyes are found in foods that are staples to the American diet, including the following:

  • Sodas
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Cereal
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Baked Goods
  • Ice Cream
  • Candy
  • Jello
  • Sports Drinks
  • Cheese

It can be a rude awakening to learn that some of the foods we have been feeding our kids may contribute in some way to their behavioral challenges, but knowledge is power, and you can’t change what you don’t know.

A Better Way

These food dyes are everywhere, but they don’t have to be part of your family’s life. And while it may seem intimidating to make a complete dietary overhaul, just start small. Check the nutrition facts on foods you purchase. Go for whole, non-processed foods as much as you can. Opt for natural dyes instead of artificial coloring.

Knowing what’s in our foods and cleaning up our diets can do wonders for your family’s health.



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Marty Orefice

About the Founder

My name is Marty Orefice, founder of All-Star Nutrition. After experiencing a radical transformation with my son, I have dedicated my life to helping millions of children reach their full potential through the power of supplements and nutrition.

We don’t listen to so-called experts that tell us there’s nothing we can do to help our kids. We are parents who never give up. We are motivated by helping our kids reach their potential and will do whatever it takes to help them.

Because we’re fighting against large food and chemical companies, we do things differently. We do things smarter. We pull techniques from other industries and disciplines. We sacrifice. We use nutrition and supplements to provide the foundation our children need to reach their potential. We do the hard things that others aren’t willing to do.

If you talk with your doctor or look in traditional textbooks, they’d tell you what we’re doing is impossible. Yet it’s happening. Every Single Day.

I invite you to join the movement and help our children reach their full potential.

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