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Is Food Coloring Toxic?

Knowing the Dangers of Food ColoringToxic 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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Lower your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

Last month President Obama signed  legislation which will overhaul the nation’s archaic, 40-year-old toxic chemical rules.  Due to loop holes in the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, there’s at least 64,000 chemicals used today, which have not been tested for safety.

How Soon Will Testing of Toxic Substances Go Into Effect?

In a nutshell, these 64,000 existing chemicals will be subject to safety testing for the first time. Sound like a step forward? Critics say the changes will not happen fast enough. The testing will include 20 chemicals at a time with a deadline of seven years per chemical.

This is far too slow to limit our exposure to toxins found in everything from children’s toys to household cleaners. Even more surprising is that the new legislation doesn’t cover pesticides used in food production. 

A coalition of doctors, scientists and health advocates have joined together to launch Project TENDR; Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks. They released a statement today in Environmental Health Perspectives calling for aggressive regulation. Their goal is to protect citizens from neurotoxic chemicals by increasing regulation and testing of toxic chemicals before they are approved for use. BrainThey argue “why should we wait until chemicals are deemed unsafe before they are banned.” “Most chemicals in use today were not adequately tested for safety before being allowed on the market,” states  Dr. Jeanne Conry, an obstetrician-gynecologist and member of the TENDR coalition. 

Their combined research has shown that exposure to toxic chemicals may cause long term damage to the brain, especially during children’s critical development periods and during fetal development. 

What Can you Do to Reduce Toxic Chemical Exposure?

  • Minimize your pesticide exposure by choosing organic produce when possible. Refer to the 2016 Dirty Dozen List.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, clean water to flush your system. If you don’t know what’s in your drinking water check out the EWG Guide to water testing companies in your area. Consider adding a countertop water purifier to ensure fluoride, lead and other contaminants aren’t in your water. These toxic chemicals have been shown to have endocrine disrupting effects in children and elderly. 
  • Buy furniture without flame retardant chemicals
  • When choosing flooring check to make sure it’s phthalate-free vinyl flooring. Choose wood, bamboo or cork as alternatives.
  • Avoid any plastics that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which can be a source of phthalates. These include toys, backpacks, lunch boxes, food containers and school supplies. Avoid plastic for storing food and invest in glass containers. 
  • Choose fragrance-free personal care products to avoid phthalates in fragrances.
  • Avoid toxic cleaning products; everything from toilet bowl cleaners to laundry detergent can be loaded with toxic chemicals. Many cleaning products are available without toxins. Consider making your own with vinegar, lemon and baking soda.
  • Use nontoxic pesticides in your yard and on pets.
  • Screen your house for lead. If your house was built prior to 1978 chances are high that there is lead paint on the walls. If you think you may have had exposure consider taking the Genova Lab Toxic Element Profile test. 

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