Artificial Colors have been on my radar since early on in this journey… they became a cornerstone in the 3 FREE Babysteps and recently emerged again as I delved into their harmful effects on the body at the cellular level and investigated their mitochondrial toxicity. It was after I wrote this post on the toxicity that I cleaned my baking cupboard out and found a box of food color (pictured below) that my toddler son (now 7 yr old) had labeled with a MR. YUCK sticker way back when, one day when I let him put those stickers on every surface he could stick them too… I had to stop when I saw it to realized just how ironic yet blatantly obvious this fact had become to me in the last 3 years and how in the DARK I was about all this stuff when he was a little one, his sister’s age. Artificial colors are just what they say they ARE: ARTIFICIAL and guess what, they ARE also TOXINS (but don’t worry if you don’t believe me about that one, it has taken me a long time, and a lot of reading and observing to be convinced of just how true that statement is! Baby steps, my friend, you will get there, keep looking, keep experimenting, keep being AWARE….and then one day you will “see” it too.)
But…what if you want a pretty pink cupcake or a pretty green leaf or a pretty blue cookie monster atop your cake?? What is one to do??
Natural Food Coloring!! I am very thankful to my friend who let me borrow her green in a pinch (thanks D.W.)… which worked great in making some mitochondrial disease awareness ribbons with icing for a recent Mitoaction family social!
I found this site that has a great price on a SET of them: 6 for $24.95!
If you are not in the mood to experiment in the kitchen, then head to Whole Foods! Their bakery department uses NO Artificial Colors and their cakes are just as pretty as I have seen in the artificial-laden grocery store.
Here is a photo of what makes those pretty colors at Whole Foods where they claim “There’s no Fakery in our bakery!” which I LOVE!