Your thought process might start with, “I’ll just have one.” But then one turns into two, then three, then four. Be rest assured, however, that not partaking in the binge drinking celebrations doesn’t mean you are missing out. It’s not worth the headache of busy bars, loud and obnoxious crowds, and most importantly the toxic drinks that are terrible for your body. There are 3 reasons why you don’t want to drink that green on St Patty’s Day.
A doctor created the green beer that is often associated with St Patty’s Day back in 1914, in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Thomas Curtin was a coroner's physician and eye surgeon who first colored the beer for a St. Patty's party at the Schnerer Club of Morrisania in New York. But little did doctors know at the time, artificial food coloring is linked to all sorts of health problems including hyperactivity, allergic reactions and tumor growth. Because of these health concerns, many companies took notice. Though today some manufacturers are opting for more natural dyes, many are still dumping toxic colorings into processed foods.
Green beer contains some of the worst food dyes, according to the Food Freedom Network. Some beer coloring may include Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue), Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine), Green #3 (Fast Green), Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), and/or Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow). You have probably seen these on the back of food labels. These dyes can cause kidney tumors, bladder problems, and behavioral health effects in children. Aside from the alcoholic content in beer that can affect your mobility and nervous system, the food dyes that are mixed in won’t do you any good either.
You may have problems with your stool. It’s never an easy thing to talk or write about, but if you are drinking more than a moderate amount, you might experience some discomfort with bowel movements. Before you drink that green beer, think about what you are putting into your body. The foods dyes aren’t easily absorbed into the body. Before they reach the large intestine, they have the potential to draw water into the bowels.