Nutritional Wisdom with Carly Pollack

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What This Jewish Girl (Me) Never Got to Experience…

As a Jewish American Princess, I never had the joy the opening up an Easter basket full of goodies. It’s for that reason that while growing up I binged on this candy even more.

I know this is disgusting, but I even loved those big Cadbury Eggs with the mysterious white goo and fake “yolk” color. Makes me shudder to even think about it.

I also loved how the M&M’s looked so girly - all those pastel colors drawing me in.

Now that I’m “all growns up,” I have tools for how to associate pain and disgust to the very things that are bad for me (except fries; don’t ever talk smack about fries).

The first thing I think about when I see Easter candy is the insane amount of food coloring in those treats.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website, every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods (CSPI).

As of July 2010, most foods in the European Union that contain artificial food dyes come with warning labels, and the British government has also asked that food manufacturers remove most artificial colors from foods. In the United States, however, a similar measure has not been made.

According to The National Institute of Health and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, food coloring has been linked to various forms of cancer, hyperactivity, asthma, and allergy-like reactions.

Why am I telling you this after the holiday is already over? Two reasons:

1. I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer and (more important than making the Easter Bunny cry) I wanted you to enjoy everything in balance.

2. The holiday is over and it’s time to throw all the extra candy out - because eating it more than once is not balance.

I found these neon cupcakes at the office on Monday. Can you imagine these colors going into your healthy body; your soft, pink, vital tissues being coated with this fake, heavy, sugar laden icing?

Picture this food coloring coating your entire stomach and the amount of work the liver has to do to filter this junk out of the body. When the liver is busy filtering toxins, it doesn’t have as much energy or time to help us burn fat!

The bottom line is that these colors belong on my hippie tie-dyed sweatshirt, not in my body.

What’s your plan for next year? What I do is write myself a note on the calendar. It sounds strange, but we can forget the lessons learned after a year goes by. I will write a little pep talk, an idea for a recipe, a reminder that the stomach ache isn't worth it, etc. It can be a little love note to your future self this time next year.

Can you make some treats for yourself, your friends or your kiddos using natural food dyes? Did you try something amazing this year to get the food coloring out of your Easter fun? Let me know and comment on this post on our Facebook page!


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