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8 Valentine’s Treats With No Artificial Colors!

Make your holiday a little healthier with these beautiful red and pink Valentine’s treats with no artificial colors!

8 Valentine's Sweets with No Artificial Colors!

If there is one thing that says Valentine’s Day, it’s all the beautiful pink and red treats everywhere. They are pretty to look at, but most are made with a generous helping of artificial food coloring to get that romantic hue. Red velvet cakes are the ultimate example, some using about 1/4 cup of red dye in one cake!

I generally try to avoid artificial colors and flavors anyway, but in this case I have a special reason for avoiding them. I’m going to tell you something that I haven’t really talked about publicly: My oldest son has ADHD, with an extra capitalized H. We have seen lots of doctors and therapists, and they have all independently called his hyperactivity severe. I’m telling you this now because there are many reports that artificial colors, especially red dye, can increase hyperactivity. Folks, I do not even want to risk that! While I can’t be sure that this theory is accurate, I’d rather be safe than sorry and take a pass on the red velvet cake and bright pink icing, thank you very much.

Whatever your reasons, if you like to avoid red dye too, I’ve got you covered with these gorgeous red and pink Valentine’s treats with NO artificial colors!

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  1. Brandie 02/12/2014 at 2:36 pm

    Love it — will be pinning and sharing! These are beautiful ways to enjoy the red & pink colors of Valentine’s Day without artificial colors. Thank you so much for including my Sweetheart Cinnamon Cake in your list.

    • Andi Gleeson 02/12/2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks for allowing me to include your pretty cake. Happy Valentine’s Day!