Monday, September 24, 2012
There has been some behavior issues with my grandson and my daughter finally realized that it happens whenever he eats foods that have dyes in them. I think there is enough evidence that some of the additives that food companies use are not really beneficial for the consumer. But the profitability of using such things has priority over whether or not it is good for our health.
My little grandson is only three years old and I can see that he will have a lifetime struggle with some foods. Sugar is one of those things. The little guy seems to have an addiction to sugar and actually climbs up on the counters so he can search the cupboards to see if there is anything "hidden". About a month ago, my granddaughter was telling everyone it was her "half" birthday, so I decided to help her celebrate it and bought a small cake. After we all had a small piece, my grandson started climbing onto the counter so he could get some more.
I took the cake home with me to make it easier for my daughter not to have to struggle with keeping it away from him. We live on adjoining properties and the next morning I had a very small visitor who came looking for num-nums. Shortly after, his mom came running after him. I gave him a banana and sent him back home, only to have him at my door 15 minutes later. He received an apple this time. His sister came after him and brought him home. A few minutes later, there he was again. This time he started going through my cupboards saying he was looking for cocoa num-nums, specifically blue cocoa num-nums.
He wanted a piece of that birthday cake.
I see the effects of sugar in that little boy and began noticing some behavior issues whenever he had anything with food dyes in it. The behavior goes beyond, "oh, he is just a being a boy." Although there may be some genetic issues, my husband was a very active little boy and his mother has told a few stories. Plus, the boy's father has a few issues also. So, while it may be genetic, there have been some notable behavior changes that occur when he eats foods with dye in them. Red dye #40 is a one that causes some very naughty behavior.
Without thinking, my daughter fed him some mac and cheese for lunch one day. The next day, I took them shopping and asked if she was feeding him junk food again. She replied that she gave him mac and cheese without thinking about the dye.
A while back there was consideration to put a warning on the packaging about dyes in food but the food industry won on that one. There is enough evidence to show that the way our food supply has changed over these past few decades that it is bad for our health. Yet, there does not seem to be anything done to change it for the better. It is all about profits, profits and more profits to the big food companies.
We need to get educated and cast our vote at the checkout!!