Tuesdays I try and put up something worth talking over. Here goes nothing…
I had heard other people say something about red dye and their kids’ insanity. I thought THEY were nuts. Until Keeley went bonkers about 20 minutes after eating fruit loops. Major bonkers, not just a normal bonkers. The next morning, same thing. The third day I figured it out. It had to be the cereal, and she was eating 2 bowls of it (little bowls, but still). So I gave Matt the rest of it and tried the other cereal we had bought with a coupon. Same results. WTH? Then I remembered, ohhh yeah. Label check. Yup. Red dye #40. I guess there’s something to be said for natural stuff, huh? Lots of our food has that red dye in it. When I mentioned it on facebook, I got several shouts outs of ‘oh gosh, they have it banned in other countries’.. REALLY? Ugh. Why still use something that is banned in other countries?
So I check the label on almost everything. She can’t have any fruity cereal, but I did find out that the goldfish crackers RAINBOW COLORS! are dyed with watermelon extract and so on. YESSS!!! Her fruit pops (made with real fruit) also have dye in them, as do the fruit snack generics, so I’m eating those when she doesn’t see me to get rid of them and I guess we’ll look for alternatives. In answer to your silent question, she hasn’t had the huge mood swings since I started doing this.
Do you know anyone with a dye sensitivity? Is my kid just crazy and I’m in denial? Go ahead, talk about it!