Food for Thought: The Dangers of Artificial Food Dyes

January 9th, 2015, in

Artificial food dyes such as FD&C Red #40, and Yellow #5 & 6, have been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children, according to various studies. One study by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 supports that consumption of foods containing dyes could increase hyperactive behavior in children.
I will admit sometimes my family dives into homemade treats that include chocolate and sugar. And sometimes when we are traveling and have to eat out, we may consume foods that are not organic. But, we are very strict about not consuming foods with artificial dyes such as Red #40.
Why am I such a stickler on this one? Because my own nightmare lasted for years. I would suddenly become extremely ill with no warning. With age I realized I had an allergy to red food dye #40. I finally found a correlation between eating “red” foods and my acute illness.  

Did you know those fun rainbow colored cupcakes your children adore contain a nice dose of chemicals derived from petroleum? Unfortunaly, it’s not only colorful icing you have to worry about. Many packaged foods including certain brands of macaroni and cheese, Lunchables, yogurts, cereals, jellos, chips, and sugary drinks also contain added food dyes.
Food coloring is a tactic the food industry has employed for decades. And we the consumers have purchased these brightly, fun colored foods which add chemicals to our diets without much thought.  
Many countries in the world ban these artificial dyes due to health concerns. If you and your family would like to eliminate synthetic food dyes from your diet here are someof the most harmful ones to be aware of: Blue #1, Blue #2, Citrus Red, Green #3, Orange B, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, and Yellow #6.

It’s a new year and a good time to add a healthy habit to your continued commitment to be toxic free!