Jul 01

How scary is this article? To sum it up, it turns out that three very common food dyes contain elements that have three very bad side effects in humans: Cancer, Hyperactivity in kids and allergic reactions. The dyes have absolutely no value in food other than to make them LOOK more appealing. All of this comes from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Another part of the article states that overseas coloring of some foods is done naturally where in the USA dyes are used. Crazy to think that what we are ingesting has known cancer causing ingredients…that is if the study is correct.

Can you imagine what the outcry would be if this were to be found to be a cause of autism? It just goes to show how science is equally good and bad and how our shortcuts to make things cheaper, easier to get and nicer looking is resulting in disastrous results. Parents need to think about these things, society needs to weight in the good and the bad.

The entire article is quoted below:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says food dyes pose a number of risks to the American public and is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban three of the most commonly used dyes: Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. A new CSPI report says those dyes contain known carcinogens and contaminants that unnecessarily increase the risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children and allergic reactions.

“These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody,” said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson, co-author of the report. “The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.”

The FDA has not read the report yet an agency spokesperson said. “We appreciate the report from CSPI and look forward to reviewing it. We take our commitment to protecting children seriously”.

According to the report, tests done on lab animals found contaminants that raised health concerns about several of the nine dyes currently approved for market. The approved dyes are Blue 1 & 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 & 40 and Yellow 5 & 6. And every year, about 15 million pounds of these dyes wind up in our food, with alot of it ending up in things like candy, fruit drinks and cereals.

The report is based on the FDA’s own studies, and studies done by Industry and turned over to the FDA. But a statement from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), who represents the industry says science shows food dyes are safe. “The safety of both artificial and natural colors has been affirmed through extensive review by the main global food safety bodies, including the US Food & Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority. Both the FDA and the food and beverage industry continually monitor any new research or data in this area to determine if a change in current policy is warranted. It is important for consumers and policymakers to know that food dyes are widely studied and that the overwhelming majority of scientific evidence confirms the safety of artificial food colors.”

The Food Standards Agency, an independent government agency in Great Britain, released research a few years ago that suggested a linked between hyperactivity in some children and certain food coloring. Starting July 20th in the European Union, food containing some of these dyes will carry additional warning labels indicating possible adverse effects on “activity and attention in children.”

CSPI went to Britain in 2008 to check out the differences in dye use first hand. It says it found more concern about food dyes and more government oversight. For example, CSPI says McDonald’s Strawberry Sundaes get their color from fresh strawberries. The group says in the United States the color comes from Red dye 40. CSPI say in the UK, Fanta orange soda coloring comes from pumpkins and carrot extract. Here, it says the color comes from Red 40 and Yellow 6 dye.

Rand Carpenter, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola, who makes Fanta, says they stand by their products in the United States – and abroad. “Where colors are used in our products they have been reviewed for safety by numerous health authorities and agencies, are permitted in every country where we operate, and are considered safe.”

12 Responses to “Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6”

  1. Debra Says:

    thank you so much for this artical. I wish more parents were aware of this horrible problem. We need more public awareness of the side effects of these chemicals. I recently linked my daughters animal aggressive behavior to when she took medications with red 40 in them but had no idea it was in our foods. I was visiting with a friend who was telling me about her sisters children that had some similar behavior issues and that the parents took them off food with red 40 and they are perfectly fine. I tried it and now my daughter is fine. I wish my doctor had informed me of this when I was expressing my concerns to her about my daughters periodic aggressive behavior after we realized that she had a reaction to medication with the dye in it. Is there a way to to contact the FDA with a complaint about these dyes being legal? Thank you.

  2. Jenine Says:

    Thanks for writing this article, helped me a lot.I wish people were more aware of this.

  3. Beverly Says:

    Unfortunately, the general public will be slow to be aware of this common danger in our society. Why these things aren’t reported and brought to our attention, I’ll never understand it.
    Thanks for helping raise the awareness! Let’s hope we can all pull together and get the word out more about the effects of Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 and Reds that do more harm than any good. Maybe we can get them banned…

  4. jkc Says:

    they’re not reported by the gov’t because they approve theses dyes knowing its bad for you. don’t you get it? they want you top get sick

  5. Bernard Says:

    It is not about getting it, it is about exposing it :) People do not understand the dangers of the dyes.

  6. Jeanie Says:

    Shame on you! FDA & the AMA, its all about the money. How much will you pay for your soul.

  7. Haley Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. My daughter was abnormally in overdrive, (hyperactive) all the time, she was restless and I could not get her to sleep. I had been giving her Cheeto Puffs that contained Yellow #6. I took her off of them, and she was a brand new child. I think the dye was affecting her behavior. Scary, but true!

  8. Lourdes Says:

    I suffer from arthritis, and controlled by just eating healthy. The doctors gave me medicine, and did not serve. I cure irigen eating only plant products, no animal products. I was having trouble sleeping oara, for a long time. Surprisingly I had the idea to check that taking vitamins contained: Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Stop taking them, and went back to sleep as above.

  9. ronit laniadp Says:

    How can more parents be aware of this.. my 2 year old son only wants to eat mac n cheese… yelling and screaming for PASTA if thats not put in front of him..
    totally acting like an addict..
    i decided to research on my own “is mac n cheese a bad food” and came across all this info on yellow 5,6 dye.. causes hyperactivity which he somewhat had and this addictive behavior … as i looked into my pantry i found it in nacho chips,cheese doodles and holy cow GATORADE!!!!!!!! all which just went into my garbage! why on earth would the FDA subject us to this?? why?? its 5 days now since my 2 year old ate mac n cheese and hes doing great.. calmer,eats all different kinds of food and happier! i see a total difference given that i am guilty of feeding him so much of that pasta just so that he wouldnt YELL!!
    How can we make a difference and bring awareness to this poison thats currently BANNED in the UK, Sweden and other countries…..

  10. Bernard Says:

    It is amazing some of the stuff the FDC turns its blind eye to. Countless studies and pure science says so many things we eat and drink are bad for us that should be banned but they are not. The entire country operates on the principal that profit is more important than doing what is right. Look what happened in NY when they tried to ban any sugary drinks over 16 ounces. You can’t tread on the economy, it is more important than anything else.

  11. Annabelle Says:

    I think this is just stupid we dont really need these dyes they just think its ok to do that to us but its not I am going to tell my parents about this and explain to them that its not good for me and my sisters

  12. Annabelle Says:

    exactly @Jeanie

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