Picture this..... it's Halloween (or any "candy" holiday). Your children have a party at school and you know it is going to be chaos in your house for the next few days until all that candy is gone. While they are in bed, you secretly throw some of it away because you know what it does to your kids.
If your kids are anything like mine, sugar with food dye can be an awful combination. My 3 sweet little boys turn into something resembling the Hulk and it ain't pretty. While getting Halloween candy ready to hand out, they are begging to partake in the festivities with some of that candy. So, after the incessant begging, tantrums and freaking out, you give in thinking in your own mind.... STOP! Just make it stop! But what is worse? The begging for the candy or the actual candy?
Food dyes can be found in many of the common foods you would think of, such as Jell-O, cake, ice creams, candy, cereal, fruit snacks, etc. Some other places you many never have even thought of having dyes lurking in them, like cheese, sausage, hair color and possibly even your meat. Americans are now eating 5 times more coloring in their foods than we did in the 1950's. Why? Because we need to make our processed foods more pleasing to the eye. Let's face it, if it doesn't look good, no one wants to buy it, let alone eat it. (1)
This is why a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based consumer-watchdog group (Center for Science in the Public Interest) has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban them. Man-made food dyes appear in ingredient lists as a color with a number following it: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. (1)