Remember how I only allow myself to make one major change every 2 months (you can also look at the “Where do I Begin?” section at the top to get ideas of what changes to make)? Well, March is upon us so it’s time for the next one. January was the start of making my own bread, and it’s been great. I make 3 loaves about every 10 days, and pop them in the freezer until I need them. Anyway, my next major change is going to be absolutely no food coloring. I don’t use it often, because we try not to have many processed foods in the house, but sometimes I use it to make green pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day, or for decorating cakes or something.
I was reading some stuff on Wikipedia (so it MUST be true, right) about the kinds of things permitted to be added to our food and it’s horrifying. Many kinds of artificial colorings are banned in other countries, but not in the states. Check out the first one listed: Brilliant Blue.
“As a blue color, Brilliant Blue FCF is often found in ice cream, canned processed peas, packet soups, bottled food colorings, icings, ice pops,blue raspberry flavored products, dairy products, sweets and drinks. It is also used in soaps, shampoos, mouthwash and other hygiene and cosmetics applications. In soil science, Brilliant Blue is applied in tracing studies to visualize infiltration and water distribution in the soil.
Brilliant Blue FCF has previously been banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerlandamong others but has been certified as a safe food additive in the EU and is today legal in most of the countries. It has the capacity for inducing an allergic reaction in individuals with pre-existing moderate asthma. In the United States production exceeds 1 million pounds annually, and daily consumption is around 16 mg per person. Extensive testing has led the National Institutes of Health to conclude that color additives do not cause hyperactivity. “
Does this concern anyone else? And 1 million pounds annually? Why is it allowed here and not in those other countries? Yikes. Pretty nutso. Anyway, click on a few other colors and look under “Health and Safety.” That’s enough to make me use spinach as a green dye, and beets for red, instead of food coloring for the next little while. Here we go, March and April. Coloring’s out!