Dyes in food aren’t bad, are they?

Let’s face it – Maintaining healthy eating habits can be tiresome. Especially when you have elementary and middle school aged kids that want to eat what their friends eat. Pizza, Oreos, Candy.  PROCESSED FOODS.

Did I want to eat all that stuff as a kid too? I sure did! I used to love going to my friend’s house and guzzling that sweet liquid sugar Mountain Dew. Or eating a half a box of Oreos in one sitting. Or stashing Halloween candy in my room to last the next few months. Or – You get the point…

When my daughters were little I did my best to fill them with fruits and veggies and lots of colors. Now that they’re grown and more vocal when we grocery shop, I yield to not so healthy options.  The barrage of questions from your kids beats you down like a form of parental water boarding:

drip…

drip…

drip…

question…

question…

question…

I give in!!

Other times, when entrenched in battle with my daughters, I deploy my secret weapon…knowledge.  I try not to force things on my kids – we have this inherent urge to want to do things we’re told we can’t do.  By giving them information they can then make informed decisions.

For example, one thing I’ve talked to them about are dyes like Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. If you take a look at the ingredients on different things at the grocery store, a lot will have dyes in them. According to Precision nutrition:

Dyes…contain carcinogens and may cause allergic reactions. Each year, about 15 million pounds of synthetic dyes go into the U.S. food supply.

Food-Dye-Infographic
These are some of the dyes to look for!

That little piece of knowledge I shared turned into my oldest, Ry, checking the nutrition labels of fruit snacks before we toss them into the cart. Or, Cam, switching from Cheetos to a fruit tray from Wawa during a pit stop on our last road trip.

Our generation is a lot more informed than our parent’s generation was. We have information about everything at the tip of our fingers – literally.  One of the best things I’ve done with that ability is sharing it with my daughters.

 

funnelcake
Proof of giving in.

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