What The Heck? Wednesday #9 (Food Coloring)

This week I decided to do my video on food coloring. You've probably all seen Red #40, Yellow #6, and Blue #1, but what additives actually go inside these ingredients to make them what they are? From what I researched and what I explain in the video, it makes me pretty happy that I eat natural gluten-free foods and avoid all these coloring.

(Taken from Foodmatters.tv)

Studies show that artificial colorings which are found in soda, fruit juices and salad dressings, may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal studies have linked other food colorings to cancer. Watch out for these ones:

Blue #1 and Blue #2 

  • Banned in Norway, Finland and France. May cause chromosomal damage.
  • Found in: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods

Red #40

  • Banned in 1990 after 8 years of debate from use in many foods and cosmetics. This dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out! Has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals, may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission.
  • Found in: fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more!

Yellow #6 

  • Banned in Norway and Sweden. Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, may cause chromosomal damage.
  • Found in: American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy and carbonated beverages, lemonade and more!

(Taken from Healthychild.org)

If your child is hyperactive or has ADHD and you’d like to try eliminating these potential triggers, here’s are the artificial food dyes to look out for:
  • Yellow #6
  • Yellow #5
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Red #40
  • Red #3
  • Orange B
  • Green #3
  • Blue #2
  • Blue #1
What do you think about food coloring? Do you try to eat natural and avoid it or has it been something you kind of overlook?

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