One of my favorite holiday family traditions has always been decorating my mom’s Christmas cookies with the family. We just did this today in fact! 😅 What I don’t love now that I know better… decorating those cookies, that we’re obviously going to eat, with a dose of chemicals derived from petroleum.
Fifteen million pounds of food dye is used every year in the U.S. which is a 5X increase within the past 60 years.
Guys, these dyes are made from the same petroleum that fuels our vehicles…
think about that.
This is exactly why I often talk about voting with your dollars. Why are we still buying this crap??
So, not only are these dyes made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum (which also happens to be used in gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar), they’ve also been linked to long-term health problems including cancer. Food products containing artificial dye are actually required to have a warning label in the U.K. These dyes have also been shown to increase hyperactivity in children. In fact I have heard several moms who have had children with ADHD be completely “cured” just by cutting out synthetic food dyes completely.
You bet your bottom dollar I brought our toxin free food coloring to Christmas cookie decorating this year. I see absolutely no reason to feed this stuff to Addie when there are safe options I can use instead!