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10+ Scary Reasons To Avoid Artificial Food Coloring

10+ Scary Reasons To Avoid Artificial Food Coloring

It’s almost Halloween, and pretty soon more than a few of us will be sneaking LaffyTaffy and lollipops when the kids aren’t looking. Besides all the sugar, fat, and preservatives infused into those innocent-treats, there’s a more sinister reason why you might want to reconsider your choices.

After a lifetime of eating artificially colored foods, we’ve come to associate certain colors with flavors: yellow is banana or lemon, blue is berry, red is cherry or strawberry. But did you know those colors are added at a huge risk to your health?

As Care2 has reported in the past, the use of artificial food coloring signals a lack of nutrition in food (i.e. the nutrients that give color to real food are absent in the processed version, necessitating fake colors) and has been linked to hyperactivity disorders and cancer.

When recent studies began to point out the dangerous risk of eating artificially-colored foods, the UK took action, replacing fake food dyes with natural additives, such as beetroot powder, annatto, and paprika extract. Shockingly, the very same brands took no such action with products distributed in the U.S.

This apathy persists even though a study “in the Journal of Pediatrics, the dye tartrazine was linked to behavioral disturbances in normal children.  Still more research from doctors at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom found that food dyes have a significant impact on the behaviour of normal children and boost the levels of hyperactivity.  These doctors also recommended that these additives be removed from children’s diets.”

Wonder which food colors are the worst? The infographic below has more info. After scrolling through, check out “8 Ways To Make Organic Food Coloring.

Colors to Die For
Source: Special-Education-Degree.net

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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6:55PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

OMFG ARTIFICIAL COLOURS ARE SO DAMN SAFE! THEY ARE SO SAFE I FEED MY CHILDREN GALLONS OF COLOUR AND NO EFFECT!!!! SHUT THE FCK UP YOU LYING DOPES! LARGE AMOUNTS OF FOOD DYES ARE SAFE!!!!

4:15PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Wonder why theses same food manufacturers won't stop using artificial dyes here...bu will in UK?? Gotta be money. Wonder how much they lost when they switched to natural?? About time We, the People, deal with this.

3:41AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

2:04AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Thanks for the article.

9:49AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Well, we don't need Artificial Food Coloring, do we...???

1:56AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

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11:49AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

There are so many natural colorants we have in our foods which are not unnaturally colored that I can't imagine using artificial means to achieve the colors. I realize that some people do, but it isn't a good thing because things aren't as safe as the should be in today's market.

12:19AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Yuck. :(

11:04PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I truly believe, that this is "one of the links" to the outrageous links to the overwhelmining cases of Auitism.....a huge health concern for all of us and your family.

10:08AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

At first i though my friend was just doing over-kill when she wouldn't let her daughter have artificially colored food. Now I owe her an apology. I had no idea it was so bad!

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