I have discovered another food intolerance, the hard way. I have known for a while that many artificial flavors and ingredients in food items trigger bad reactions in my gastrointestinal system. This past weekend I narrowed a particularly bad bout of stomach cramps and diarrhea down to the ingestion of red food colour.
I know it had to be the red food colour because I was very careful what I ate that day. I hosted a baby shower for my daughter-in-law and prepared most of the food myself. As I and a few other guests are wheat or gluten intolerant I made sure there were plenty of gluten-free choices on the table. I made my favourite gluten-free biscotti, but to fancy them up for the occasion, I dipped them in white chocolate that I had tinted pink. A few drops of red food color in the melted white chocolate resulted in a pretty pink color, perfect for the baby shower menu. Unfortunately for me, those few drops of red food color did me in. Because I had several of the biscotti (did I mention they are my favourite?) throughout the day, my allergic symptoms lasted much longer than they usually do.
I don’t know which of the ingredients in the red food color (apparently red dye #40 is a common culprit) I reacted to, but I will be avoiding any food tinted red (or pink) from now on!