Petrol Peas: Food Coloring Hidden In Shelf Staples

Remember when everyone was talking about using vegetables to run cars a few years back?  Well, they didn’t realize how close we already were in this country to making that dream come true.  The technology was always readily available, cheap, and neatly packaged – in the canned vegetable aisle of the grocery store, and in […]

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Food Mood: Do Adults Need Behavior Charts Too?

Recently I was asked by a parent how she could start logging her child’s food intake and daily behavior.  I gave her a suggestion that was passed on to me by another mom of a dye-sensitive kid – include your child’s school behavior charts in your 2-week analysis.  Then analyze behavior charts again after eliminating […]

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Artificially Rose-Colored Glasses: Why Does The U.S. Still Use Petroleum Food Dyes?

FD&C (“food, drug, and cosmetic”) dyes, or food colors, were originally made from coal tar, and are now made from petroleum.  Carcinogens like benzene (found in crude oil runoff) are strictly limited in our gasoline in the US, but we still use petroleum dyes contaminated with benzene in our FOOD.  Blue dye in your food […]

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Colorful Language: How To Identify Petroleum Colors in Food

We have been playing with our child’s diet, cutting out unnatural food coloring (made from petroleum), to see if it affects her behavior.  It’s not the sugar that’s causing the problems, at least not for her (I noticed dyes in her sugar-free pudding, no wonder she was still acting like a different kid after eating […]

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Caramel Coloring Sounds Sweet, But It’s Not – It’s A Carcinogenic Food Additive

Goodbye, my beloved Coke Zero. *sigh* At one time, I’m ashamed to admit, I was drinking up to six of those bad boys a day.  I soon heard that the artificial sweeteners weren’t helping me lose weight because they supposedly cause you to crave more carbs.  Okay, I can deal with that.  But when I […]

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