The first time I remember having Kool-Aid was at summer church camp during my teens. I loved drinking it when I was so thirsty after my Life-Saving class. It was a novelty, staining our mouths and tongues red. My mom never bought this for us at home!
Later, as a young married wife, I helped serve Kool-Aid during Vacation Bible School snack time, and all the Moms made comments on how wound up the children were, but I don’t think we had made the connection between the food dyes and hyperactivity back in the 80s.
The Washington Post and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) have recently spoken out that artificial food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity, and it’s not just in candy. “Americans are really turned on by a bright-red strawberry juice, and they think it’s natural,” said Kantha Shelke, co-president of the food research firm Corvus Blue. The Center for Science in the Public Interest points to studies suggesting that some of the dyes are also suspected carcinogens.
Here is what the Kool-Aid label tells us is ‘good for kids’:
KOOL-AID INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Fructose, Citric Acid (Provides Tartness), Contains Less Than 2% Of: Natural And Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Calcium Phosphate (Prevents Caking), Acesulfame Potassium (aspartame) And Sucralose (Sweeteners), Artificial Color, Red 40, Blue 1, BHA (Preserves Freshness).
While I delighted in my children even when they were rambunctious and very busy, I hoped to avoid anything that would make them feel or act out of control. Looking back, I wish I had known about this when we were trying to figure out food allergies. Who wants to rev up their children even more than they already are?
So if you want to serve the children a bright, sparkling, sweet, and delicious red drink that won’t make them act silly, get angry, aggressive, or just plain hyper, I think you will want this recipe.
‘Better Than Kool-Aid’ is made like a tea using three herbs and served cold on ice:
Stevia leaf is known for its amazing sweetness and smoothness~
Hibiscus flower gives off its bright red color and has a sweet tart taste that really quenches your thirst~
…and Peppermint leaf is so cooling on a hot summer’s day~
Besides tasting terrific, a great thing about my alternative is that it is sugar-free and dye-free. It has a lot of extra healthy benefits as it’s loaded with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Here is the simple recipe:
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over:
Let steep for 15 to 20 minutes then strain into a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Add several cups of ice and fill the rest of the way with cold water. Stir and enjoy!
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For more information on addictive Aspartame: Which Is Worse: Sugar Or Aspartame?
For more on Natural And Artificial Flavors: Addictive Flavors & Foods To Avoid
For more on code-words that are used to cover-up usage of seriously dangerous ingredients: Does ‘Tasty’ Kill? ~ Excitotoxins
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