Green Monster Magic!

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Good morning! It’s a beautiful day! Want some more energy? Pull out your magic bullet and whip-up a Green Monster Smoothie, or what I like to call — magic! It’s a vitamin packed smoothie, perfect for breakfast or lunch on the go! Yes it’s green, but it’s good! Continue reading

Color of Controversy

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Symptoms of Food-Dye-Related Behavioral Problems

The type of behavioral problems caused by food dye will depend on the child. Common symptoms of food-dye-related behavioral problems are:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Insomnia (Which Contributes to Poor Behavior)
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Irritability
  • Tantrums/Meltdowns
  • Frequent Crying Spells

Food Dyes that Cause Child Behavioral Problems

So which food dyes should you be watching out for? While no petroleum-based food dye could possibly be considered healthy, these two food dyes have been particularly associated with child behavioral problems:

Red #40

Red dye #40 has been most commonly associated with aggressive and impulsive behavior in children. Tantrums, hitting, kicking and swearing are common reactions in children sensitive to this dye. According to research, parents whose children consumed any food with this dye experienced a sudden and violent change in personality. When the dye was removed, the behavioral problems disappeared.

Yellow #5

Yellow #5 is most commonly associated with insomnia, which can lead to behavioral problems. Hyperactivity and learning disabilities have also been associated with this food dye.  Aside from Red #40 and Yellow #5, there are dozens more food dyes that can contribute to child behavioral problems.

A great resource: Food Dyes, A Rainbow of Risks

Sassy Water

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Feeling bloated? Drink it, shrink it! 

What’s Needed:

2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced 12 small spearmint leaves.

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight.
Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day and see the results!