What you need to know about food dyes

What's wrong with the natural color of pickled peppers? That's what surprised me last year when I had matured the decision to avoid food with artificial colors, when possible, and I found that canned Greek peppers are only "yellow number 5 FD & C». Ready to admit that my commitment to natural products may directly rooted in my past "eccentric hippie" I was driving in the direction of mental mania, this year, I met myself marinate your peppers. Besides there is a good reason: artificial food colors associated with many side effects.

They are associated with allergies, cancer, and other health problems in both children and adults.

In the U.S. there are 7 approved by the Office of the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA; approx. Mixednews) food dyes derived mainly from oil, which are used at present: Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40 , Red 3, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. The three most commonly used dye — Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 contain carcinogens, FDA also acknowledged that in the red and 3 also contain carcinogens.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, studies have shown that the blue 2, which is made from coal tar, causes brain cancer in male rats, whereas 3 was blue in the experimental rats caused tumors of the thyroid gland. Yellow 5 can cause not only allergic like hypersensitivity, but also contains a cancer causing agent. Yellow 6 is associated with tumors of the kidneys and adrenal glands.

They are contained in almost all processed foods — and even in some fresh.

Artificial colors are treated not only sweets and juices. Bagels, waffles, tomato juice, crackers, cheese, yogurt, and pickled peppers, all of which include products containing food dyes.

Previously gardeners dipped oranges carcinogenic red food coloring so they look more attractive. Now, this dye is forbidden, but the FDA considers it permissible to use for coloring skin.

Food dyes are used as the exploitation of our natural instincts that link the color with ripeness, and this encourages children to eat crap.

Food industry uses dyes to manipulate our belief that the food we eat is healthier than it actually is. We pay attention to the bright red apples, the green salad and dark purple berries, because we are biologically wired so that in this way recognize the most nutritious and healthy food.

They also know that children, from an early age that attract bright colors, are more active will consume brightly colored candy than useful but dull food.

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Dyes linked to hyperactivity in children

Two recent studies under the auspices of the British government, in which not only studied children with hyperactivity and attention deficit, but also a much larger sample of children from all walks of life, have found that children who were given food with artificial colors, show a marked increase in hyperactivity .

In Britain, the dyes are not welcome, and most EU requires warning on the package label.

British Agency for Food Standards advises parents to avoid tinted food, and the European Food Safety Authority warns consumers directly on packages that artificial colors may have adverse effects on health. Now the EU is thinking about a total ban artificial dyes.

Kraft, Coca-Cola and Walmart have already abandoned artificial dyes in the products they spread abroad, but not in the U.S..

However, natural dyes are not completely disappeared from view

Natural red dye that the package is listed as cochineal carmine or carmine acid also has some Abhor factor, but only because it is made from insects. For the manufacture of one pound of this red dye to 70,000 Cochineal scale insects, and this dye is used for everything from cosmetics to strawberry milkshakes. This substance, like saffron, and natural dye annatto can cause severe allergic reactions. (Although it is worth noting that even the natural component can lead to allergic reactions in a very small percentage of people, so this is not a reason to avoid it entirely.)

A safe and natural alternative exists

Bright food definitely caressing glance. We do not need to avoid eating in nice colors, for fear that they may have a negative impact on health. In fact, many natural sources of food dyes have properties that provide our bodies the opposite effect. This, in particular, turmeric — a bright yellow grass, which helps protect against cancer. As natural dyes can be used for green tea is green, beet, juice or some berries for a beautiful red or purple colored cocoa brown, and red cabbage for blue.

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