I am THAT mom. I said it, it’s true.
I’m the mom who makes things difficult when it’s time for my kid to play at your house or spend the night or really, do anything with your kid.
I am that mom who sends in special treats for her kid to have at the class party or for the teacher to keep on hand as treats and rewards.
I am that mom who brings food to birthday parties and other celebrations because she won’t let her kid dine on the traditional colorful party fare.
I am that mom who says no to all the colorful sports drinks and the candy at events.
I am that mom who is ‘depriving’ her kids.
No, my kids do not have food allergies.
What’s The Deal Mom
So what’s the deal? Why am I so difficult?
Well, I don’t see it as being difficult. Sure, it may be different from the choices you make but my kids, my choices. I don’t make comments about you feeding your child food that could cause cancer or cause out of control tantrums or bed wetting or any number of other reactions that are caused by artificial food coloring.
Will artificial colors and preservatives kill my kid tomorrow? No
Will artificial colors and preservatives make my kid a behavioral nightmare? Totally possible but thankfully they don’t effect my kids that way.
Will artificial colors and preservatives make the food taste better? Doubtful
Do artificial colors and preservatives have any nutritional benefit? No
Do artificial colors and preservatives cause cancer? Who knows
Sure, kids are drawn to brightly colored foods and drinks but seriously, food coloring isn’t going to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables so what’s the real reason? At one point in history, food dyes were used to cover up or conceal damaged or inferior products. Could you even imagine? Here’s your fuchsia hunk of moldy bread. Enjoy!
When my kids were small, I decided that artificial food coloring wasn’t really something I was ok with. I started reading labels and stopped buying anything with artificial food coloring or preservatives in it. Did you know Kraft Jet Puff marshmallows contain blue food coloring? Seriously? What the hell! Apparently it makes them bright white. Stepping down off my soapbox now.
What About The Holidays?
Believe me, my kids get plenty of candy and treats. Just because we don’t do artificial food coloring doesn’t mean there’s no color. There is quite a good selection of natural food coloring available, even at the regular grocery store and when it comes to candy, there really are some good options on the market. Sure you have to pay a little more but isn’t your health worth it? You know what they say, pay now or pay later. As someone who has already had two forms of cancer before 40, I’ll stick to the non-toxic food thanks!
I realize it’s not ‘the norm’ to not feed my kids brightly colored candy and brightly colored drinks. Do I care, no, not really. Why is it ‘normal’ to consume food that contains ingredients made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum?
Want me to let you in on a little secret? If your child
goes to a school that allows candy rewards, I bet you’d be shocked at how much crap they are given as a ‘reward’ all day long. It all adds up. Spend any time in a school cafeteria and just watch what these kids are eating. It hurts my brain to think of how much artificial food coloring and sugar the average elementary school aged child consumes in just a single day. It appears they stop bribing kids with candy when they hit middle school.
Yes, I Know They Grow Up
My kids are growing up and are not under my supervision like they used to be so while I am sure at least one of my kids is not making the choices I would, I can guarantee that what is eaten in my house is free from artificial colors and preservatives. We’re all just doing the best we can, once they are on their own, well, they are on their own.
So, next time you’re at a party or an event and a parent won’t let their kid have those Skittles because they’re made with artificial food coloring, don’t roll your eyes at him or her. Just accept that they do things differently and keep your comments to yourself.
Make it a green day!