Knowing the Dangers of Food Coloring
The holidays are here. With them come those festive colors added to cookies, candy, gelatin, and more. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was originally developed to protect us from harmful chemicals in our food, drugs and cosmetics. Unfortunately, they do allow many harmful, and even dangerous chemicals to be allowed in all of them because they are difficult to remove.
FD&C dyes are not safe. The foods you eat that contain them have a certain percentage of lead, mercury, arsenic, benzidine, and more. We know that lead damages the brain. The following list of FD&C dyes are known to cause behavioral symptoms including hyperactivity, asthma, depression, moodiness, and anger.
They are contained in foods such as cereal, fruit chews, candy, soda, and much more. They are also in many health and beauty aids, including shampoo, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics. They add pretty colors to things, but they come with a price.
Read Your Labels…..
A List of the FD&C Dyes and Related Health Issues
Blue #2 is known to cause brain tumors called gliomas. Glial tumors are one of the most common type of brain tumors.
Red #2 is very commonly used. Its dangers include tumors, including those in the urinary bladder, hyperactivity, and an increased sensitivity to allergic reactions.
Red #3 was banned from use in cosmetics and topical drugs back in 1990, because the FDA learned it was a thyroid carcinogen. Today it is still allowed in candy, baked goods, and oral medications.
Green #3 causes urinary bladder tumors.
Yellow #5, (tartrazine), is a derivative of coal-tar. This particular yellow food coloring is associated with hyperactivity, asthma, and behavioral problems in children.
Yellow #6 creates adrenal tumors and hypersensitivity. Hypersensitive reactions may be toward external stimuli such as light and noise, or internal, (behavioral), moodiness such as irritability or depression.
FD&C colors in medications are allowed to contain double the amount of lead as food coloring itself, and these medications are being taken by people who already have a compromised immune system.
Also, be aware of avoiding other harmful chemicals such as high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, aspartame or aspartate. It is best to shop at your local farmers’ market or health food store, if possible. Always read your labels to see if any of the chemicals listed in this article are in the product. If they are, then put it down and walk away.
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