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This blog post reminded me of something I've been obsessing about lately. I thought I'd share in case it affects you too; and so it's not just Patrick who has to listen. I haven't been able to find much about RED 40's affect on adults, so I feel kinda alone.
So I eat pretty well these days, mostly natural foods and such, but every once in a while I'd like to partake in a little treat of super fake food. You know- cheap chinese, chewing gum, m&ms, ramen. Yum!
Well, recently a couple of those things have started to make me feel pretty gross; specifically my cinnamon gum and m&ms. Just one piece of gum gives me intense stomach cramps, and a serving of m&ms will give me pain and the personality of a bear with a toothache. It's no wonder there are all those sites out there blaming Red 40 for their children's bad behavior. At some point I knew something was wrong and I STILL wanted to smash everyone and everything in sight.
RED 40 is evil, ladies and gentleman.
And boy do I miss it. Patrick and I went down the grocery aisle reading the backs of things, and I'll just sumarize- if it's red, I can't have it. They add red food coloring to fruit juices and a million other things. (ALL my favourite candies, for instance.... goodbye starburst, goodbye skittles.) Add this to my inability to eat anything with aspartame or MSG, and now I'm ruined for almost all processed unhealthy snacks.
Now RED 40 is on the list of things I tell everyone about, I'll add it to my repertoire
"You drink diet drinks? Watch out for migraines. Oh and, good luck finding gum."
"If you feel like your body is shutting down organ-by-organ after eating canned soup or doritos, watch out for MSG... which is in everything."
"Did you break everything in the kitchen? It was probably the coloring in your grape soda."
It makes me really good company; but you should know these things.... right? right?
Thanks for listening, and next time you have a drink with grenadine, a maraschino cherry, or a red starburst please think of me.
Do you have anything you've had to give up?