Spring has sprung and along with it, fresh fruit, vegetables, and ideas are everywhere! Our fave!
Along with the freshness come a lot of pastel-colored packages full of dyes! Eeek!
On the backs of the candy packages, you may see in your local supermarkets this time of year has more than the promise of Easter joy for children.
The ingredients list is far more important than the eye-catching packaging…
Have you ever thought about the dyes of these sweets and what they may be made of/from?
The majority of food coloring/dyes available today come from petroleum.
Yikes! We know. Please read that again.
The three most popular colors used around most foods, candies, & beverages in America are Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6. They are all [possibly] linked to hyperactivity in children, ADHD, cancer (specifically, tumors), irritability, depression, hives, asthma, and other allergic reactions.
Generally, most parents/caregivers believe the additional energy, ADHD, or change in behavior is due to the sugar content of these candies, and where they may contribute in the short term these dyes have a lasting effect.
It’s important to note that those dyes are not legal in Europe therefore the candies you see on the shelves in the U.S. are not the same candies being sold overseas… why make the candy two different ways? Just a thought.
We want to inform you, but also bring awareness to your options!
Dying eggs for Easter every year is a fun memorable experience, especially if there is an Easter egg hunt involved. We wanted to give you options for naturally dying your eggs this year.
You can make your own dyes by using some items you may have around your house already :)
Red: Red Zinger Tea or Red Onion Skins
Orange: Yellow Onion Skins
Green: Spinach Leaves
Blue: Purple Cabbage
Purple: Purple Onion Skins
For the vegetables, take one cup of water to every one cup of veggie and bring to a boil for 20-30 mins until you get the desired color.
For the tea, take one cup of water for every tea bag and steep until you get your desired color.
For the turmeric, we recommend 2 tbsp for every one cup of water.
Once created, strain out the vegetables and let cool to room temperature. Add one tbsp of vinegar for every cup of solution. You now have all of the tools you need and just have to decide what colors you’re looking for your eggs to be.
If you allow your eggs to sit in the solution submerged for a shorter or longer (even overnight) period of time, you can change the hue of your eggs. You can additionally let your eggs sit in multiple dye solutions to create the desired color (Ex. Red & Blue to make purple).
We hope this information and options list is helpful for you and your family this season. Remember, you can use these tips for dying other foods throughout the year as well!