3 Common Food Dyes That Are Dangerous For Your Kids


A study that’s the first of its kind that takes a peek at certain brand-name foods unveiled shocking levels of food dyes in a variety of supermarket staples.

You’ve probably heard by now that many– if not all– artificial food dyes are dangerous for children, as some lead to behavioral issues or even a higher risk of specific cancers. Though food corporations are legally obligated to state food dye ingredients on the label, they don’t need to admit how much they use.

But for the first time, independent scientists have gathered many popular foods and measured them for synthetic food dye levels. The study was spearheaded by Purdue University scientists and published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. It found levels of food dye were frequently greater than what’s considered harmful in many food products, as you can only guess how much of it is consumed after eating and drinking processed grub all day, every day– as many Americans do.

Because the three most common food dyes on the market today are associated with severe health issues, this is especially problematic.

Check them out below:

Red 40

• Can leads to allergy-like reactions

• Can make kids hyperactive

• Most common food dye in America

Yellow 5

• Can lead to allergy-like reactions (usually more severe in those sensitive to aspirin)

• Potential hyperactivity-inducer for some children

• Sometimes tainted with cancer-causing benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl

Yellow 6

• Might cause adrenal gland and kidney tumors (it did in animal tests)

• Can cause occasional, sometimes serious hypersensitivity reactions

• Sometimes contaminated with carcinogenic compounds

Scientists from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) believe the Purdue study’s conclusions are frightening because the dyes seen in even small amounts of a variety of foods—or combinations of multiple dyed foods—are greater than the levels found in some clinical trials that adversely affect many childrens’ behavior.


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