Food Dye, AGE’s and Acrylamides. Oh My!

I’ve learned some eye opening things in the first part of my health & wellness certification course.

One of the topics that intrigued me was labeled “Food Supply”. In this section we were to research one area of the topic that we are most interested in and report back on what we learned. I felt I knew enough about GMO’s, factory farming, improper food labeling and such, but I wanted to learn more about food dyes.

We saw a huge improvement in my son’s eczema when we removed food dyes several years ago. I could see then that they can wreak havoc on our bodies. I realized I had never looked into what amounts are allowed in our food supply, so I took this opportunity to learn more.

Just this passed May, a first-ever study by Perdue University, revealed the amounts of food dye in brand name food. They state the largest source of food dye is in beverages and the amount of artificial food dye certified for use by the Food and Drug Administration has increased five-fold, per capita, between 1950 and 2012. (Read the full article here.)

We were also asked to do some research on AGE’s (Advanced glycation end-product) and acrylamides.  They can both be found in food, mainly when it is dry cooked (frying, roasting, baking). They affect nearly every cell in the body and are a factor in aging and some age-related chronic diseases.  They are oxidants and “corrode our body the same way rusts damages metal in a machine.

This is another reason why incorporating more raw foods into your diet is so important.  I was aware that cooking foods depleted many nutrients, but I didn’t know to the extent it added toxins. Learning this has certainly given me reason to pause when I am cooking our food.  I am trying to get my son to eat more raw foods, but this has been a hard process. He does well with smoothies, so that’s a start.

Where you aware of these toxins? How have you changed your diet since learning about them? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, I recommend Dr. LJ’s course. You can learn more here.

Lisa Custer

Lisa enjoys learning about natural health and is currently working on a Holistic Health & Life Coach certification. She is passionate about real food education and sharing what she learns. She lives in Florida with her husband and son.

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