Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Food For Thought~ Think About Action


On March 30th and 31st the Food and Drug Administration {FDA} Food Advisory Committee met to "consider available relevant data on the possible association between consumption of certified color additives in food and HYPERACTIVITY IN CHILDREN, and to advise FDA as to what action, if any, is warranted to ensure consumer safety"

The RESULTS: INCONCLUSIVE!! The Food Advisory Committee claimed there isn't enough EVIDENCE to conclude that artificial food colors and dyes cause behavioral changes in children. They VOTED AGAINST LABELING FOOD PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN DYES! HUH?!! Really? Food coloring additives have been considered a possible threat to "normal" childhood behavior since the 1970s when Dr. Benjamin Feingold first studied their effects. My thing is, forget studies..What about a little Common Sense?!! Oh, pardone moi..There is no such thing!

Do people really think Beverages are supposed to be Bright Blue, Green and Red; Cereals Pink and Purple; and, snacks like certain Chips and Frozen Treats Neon Orange?? All it takes is a little thought people! Let's start putting a little more thought into the products we contemplate purchasing. Even if it means reading each package label by label then, that's just what it's going to have to take. That's what health-conscious people do. And they call us Health Nuts!!

By the way, the artificial coloring and dyes I'm speaking of are: Red#40, Yellow#5 and Blue #1, just to name a few. In 1906, seven dyes were approved for use in food under the Pure Food and Drug Act. **FYI~ The  FDA is highly concerned that you'll not consume products sold in their natural appearance. After all, there's big money in food! If it looks "dull" you might not purchase it. True? Hmmm.. Let's put on our thinking caps and look to history for some assistance with this one. So, that would mean that before 1906, when foods were virtually utampered with and retained their natural coloring, most people felt food was boring and didn't have any interest in consuming it, save for starving off starvation........?? Wow! The level of expectation the Government has for the intelligence of the general public way is below any sense at all. The bigger question is Why not? But, that's a whole notha article, altogether!

The Real Truth, people, is that the use of artificial food coloring and dyes aids in Big Government's agenda to control the food industry and control consumers through the foods they eat. What??? But, what's so horrible about decorating the birthday cake with sky blue and neon green icing and topping it off with deep red candles? Aside from the fact that a room full of little people will be bouncing off the walls and acting like a bunch of wild banshees??? Consider this: Most artificially colored products are centered around and targeted toward children. Growing uncomfortable now? Not yet. Well, embark upon an investigation. Even simple surface research will lead you to questions that have been publicly posed for the thirty years linking childhood behavior {brain function} to said food items marketed to that particular age demographic. And, demographically speaking, the bulk of artificially colored and dyed foods, beverages and snacks can, easily, be found in lower economic neighborhoods lining the shelves, walls and ceilings of high-priced "corner" stores which abound in these neighborhoods; sometimes, to the tune of two per one quarter of a block on Avenues and side streets, alike. Not to mention, children in these neighborhoods are increasingly labeled with ADD and ADHD disorders. Additionally, the specific nutritional needs of those particular children are rarely ever catered to in their homes, schools or communities. Notwithstanding, melanin, as a crucial factor, isn't ever addressed.  

Okay. I only, briefly mentioned the issue of Government control of food {which, in my mind, could really be a lesser issue-like anything else- once people, regain control of what we grow, sell and purchase}. The really larger issue, I think, is the actual link between the availability of fresher and healthier foods in lower economic neighborhoods; the educational opportunities afforded economically disadvantaged students; the willingness of individuals to take their health into their own hands, relinquishing what I refer to as the myth of a hero and the overall health of these communities. A bit long- winded.. Did you get that? No one is going to save you but, yourself. No agency can save us collectively, either. We need to, and are moving toward a time where we are being forced to, work together and depend upon each other in our communities and, somewhat beyond, where food is concerned. 

Parents: When you decide to claim your children's health through your purchasing choices and your investment of time and positive energy, you'll realize ADD and ADHD have disappeared  and/or have become more easily manageable without outside interventions. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? **Preventative physical health care, **preventative mental health care and **love in every form you can give it, will go a long way in your quest to ensure that your children are healthy.

~Health Is Wealth~ 

*The following video is not posted in order to poke fun at 
any group of people. Instead, take a peek at many people's reality. 
Perhaps it'll prompt you to think differently about economic, social and mental disparities.
In any case, it's food for thought
{there's a lot more, besides food, going on, too- also, many people's reality} 


  1. I believe that food color is just one of the attributes to consider in the food purchasing decisions for the household, especially for children. Sugar content, and levels of processing and/or refinement is equally, and in some case a, more disconcerting. The amount of sugar in some of these cereals exceed the required daily allowances! Also, I wonder what effects there are to the child in the womb whose mother may be taking certain "acceptable" prescription drugs while pregnant. Environment definitely plays a role as well. Who knows what chemicals and pollutants are being emitted with each pump of Windex and Lysol? I'm just saying. :).

    Thanks for the food for thought!

  2. Exactly somerempress!! There are so many factors to consider when it comes to food. Sugar content certainly ranks high on the list! When it comes to the behavioral illnesses, I agree, in-utero and, later, outside environmental elements must also be taken into consideration.


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