My teenage son walked inside from school the other day, threw his backpack on the kitchen table, and said, “Mom! we need to talk!”
In chemistry class, he’d learned about food dyes and how some countries have banned dyes we’re still using in the United States. It really disturbed him. “We’re putting that stuff into our bodies every day. Think how many things we eat that have fake colors! Fruit snacks, frosting, sprinkles, cookies … basically everything is unnatural!”
Once, a few years back, I myself had gotten on a food dye kick. Having learned the same information as my son, I wanted to protect my kids — and myself — from any long-term consequences of eating unnatural dyes.
But, as with so many things, the fight got me tired. Within a week, I was sick of policing all of our treats, paying the high prices for all-natural foods, and trying to talk my kids into life without their favorite munchies. The struggle seemed to outweigh any short-term benefits, and so I gave up.
The thing is, there are more and more all-natural products on shelves today. There are more recipe ideas from brilliant bloggers dedicated to all-natural health. And, if you learn a few little tricks, it’s easy to get gorgeous rainbow colors using only real food dyes — no fake stuff!
Here’s how to get a rainbow of colors in your kitchen without buying a single tube of fake food dye.