I have spent the last week in the UK with my 5 year old daughter. We have had many happy moments while we were here but one thing I enjoyed is knowing that the food she ate, and me too, contains much better ingredients than we find at home.
One ingredient in particular, artificial colouring, is very different here. The EU bans artificial food dyes made from petroleum because of the link to hyperactivity and birth defects. Although these links are well known, we, in North America, must wait for the FDA to draw their own conclusions. A fact I find very frustrating. There is a campaign to have 8 artificial food dyes banned, including Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6.
While we await their speedy process (ha ha), I recommend checking ingredients and avoiding these colours. I don’t need any more proof than to know that, as well as the UK, Norway, France, Austria and Finland also think they are harmful enough to ensure they are kept out of food.