I was reading this on the net and thought some of you might be interested...especially those that have children: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatt...bout-your-food
Here is a sample of one of the foods they mention in this article:
What's Really In …
ORIGINAL SKITTLES (1 pack)
2.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
47 g sugars
They're sweet, chewy, and brightly colored. Now, what are they? Well, the basic formula for each chewy neon orb is a gross mashup of sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated palm kernal oil. That explains why every gram of fat is saturated and each package has more sugar than two twin-wrapped packages of Peanut Butter Twix.
So those three ingredients plus a few extra fillers are basically all it takes to get the general consistency and flavor, but to achieve that color spectrum, Skittles brings in a whole new list of additives. When a Skittles ad tells you to "taste the rainbow," what it's really telling you to do is taste the laboratory-constructed amalgam of nine artificial colors, many of which have been linked to behavioral and attention-deficit problems in children. A few years ago the British journal Lancet published a study linking the artificial additives to hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, which prompted the Center for Science in the Public Interest to petition the FDA for mandatory labels on artificially colored products. The FDA's response: We need more tests.
In the meantime, there's a very large-scale test going on all across the country, and every Skittles eater is an unwilling participant. And that doesn't even factor in the blood-sugar roller coaster you go on when you ingest a Skittles' bag worth of sugar.
Of course, Skittles look like broccoli, nutritionally speaking, compared to the foods on our new must-know roundup of the 20 Worst Foods in America. Read how there could be more than a day's worth of calories, sugar, and heart-harming trans fats—in a single fast-food or chain-restaurant meal! (More importantly, learn what you should eat instead.)
When my son was little and I figured out that red dye 40 made him very, very hyper. The sad thing is its in almost everything..especially anything for children. Like children's vitamin's, children's cereal, even in grape juice...and even in those liquid antibiotics for children! And in over the counter medications for children to help with fever or pain...allergy medication. the list is endless.
I had to go to GNC to get vitamins for him that didn't have added sugars and dyes. I had to buy the more expensive over the counter medications that have no dyes added. (I thought they should be cheaper since they don't have to ADD something to them) in fact I heard in the UK much of their food has no dyes in them and when these things go through the factories they seperate what goes to the UK and what goes to the USA and ADD dyes to the ones going to the USA. I could not get him ice cream because of added dyes...once I found some Popsicles with no dyes then never found them again.
Most of what he ate for meals I cooked myself...potatoes, vegetables and meat which didn't have dyes in them but when it came to any kind of treats it had to be things like fruit (and not in a can because they usually add at least sugar but many times also dyes). The problem was he wasn't big on fruit. But really this is just insane to add these dyes to our foods when they don't add to the taste one bit! They just make the foods look 'better'...or the medication or the vitamins so people are more pron to buy them. Don't get me started on all this other stuff the article mentions in our foods either...