Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why not food coloring?

You've seen it many times on packaging, you probably have given your child many gummy chews or a "tropical punch" juice box today and have seen it on the label. It's the food coloring: Yellow #5 & #6, Red #40 & #3, Blue #1 & #2, Green #3, and Orange B

Recent studies have linked artificial food colorings to cancer and brain tumors as well as links to hyperactivity ADD, ADHD, and other disruptive behaviors in children. Artificial colors are made up of tar derivatives, long chain hydrocarbons, and other petrochemicals and are of no use to your body.

In effort to safeguard our children there has been a petition asking the FDA to require a warning label on foods with artificial dyes or colors and is considering, under the advisory of advocacy groups, banning the sale of the following commonly used colors.

This is why we set out to make finger paints and art supplies fit to be in baby's mouths. Sure, I let my children eat the occasional m & m, but now-a-day there are so many wonderful alternatives and it's wonderful! We are proud to announce that Wee Can Too is one of them.

If your child is old enough to know that he/she shouldn't put the products in their mouth, then the current art products available are adequate. But if they are actually mouthing and ingesting the ingredients, think again. A little here and there adds up. Here's to a future of safer products for our children!

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