Deb just sent me an article explaining actual recent studies about red Dye 40 as well as other common artificial colors. I have been saying for over a year that it was the cause of some of Noah's issues and others have been poo-pooing me. I KNOW that Noah had a better year because we have cut out the artificial colors from his diet. Now I finally have the scientific proof.
Thanks Deb for believing me and sending me this article.
I urge any parent who seem to have two different kids in the same body...sometimes perfect and sometimes crazy...to do the research yourself. I am quite sure some of you will find the same differences in your child that I have.
Noah is so funny about it. Anything he sees that has a color, he questions. He looks for it on boxes. I figure that anything with artificial color most likely isn't that healthy anyway. He doesn't seem to get that upset when he knows he can't have something. Instead, he is proud to have questioned it and discovered it himself. There are alternatives. They don't HAVE to have fruit roll-ups just because everyone else does. It doesn't take a lot of extra work to watch for the dyes, although sometimes it takes creativity. Especially in things like kids' medicines.
We have also prohibited Aaron from the same artificial colors. Even though he doesn't seem to display the same challenging behaviors, it can't hurt to keep them from him. They will both learn to watch for natural, rather than artificial sources of nutrition as they grow.
BTW, did you know that Pizza Hut sauce has Red Dye 40 in it?