Food dyes have become a processed food staple and Americans are now consuming five times more food dye than in 1955. Word is getting around about the possible dangers of too much food dye and people, especially parents, have taken notice. Even entire countries have made changes by banning certain dyes from foods, namely Norway and Finland.
The infamous red dye #40 is the most widely consumed artificial food dye and has some of the biggest health concerns. Used to add color to candy, cereal, drinks, and most other processed foods, it’s extremely hard to avoid. Excessive red #40 has been shown to cause hyperactivity in children chromosomal damage and lymphomas. Following our list of offenders are the yellows. Yellows #5 and #6 have both shown to increase asthma and allergies as well as a concern for thyroid tumors. #5’s claim to fame is being a catalyst for aggression and violent behavior and is banned in Norway.
Many parents and families have reported a huge change in behavior after a switch to a food dye-free diet. Natural food dyes such as beets, carrots, various berries and red cabbage are great and healthier alternatives to the artificial kind.
As of now, however, the FDA has shown no conclusive evidence that link behavior or ADHD to food dye and have stated that more tests should be held before they can call to ban certain food dyes.
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