FOOD CHEMICALS: Most Kids Exposed to Synthetic Food Dyes, says FDA Report
FDA Assessment: Most Children are Exposed to Food Dyes
Food Safety News
Exposure assessments conducted by the Food and Drug Administration find that most American kids are exposed to food dyes. FDA has not yet published the full results, but according to results presented Aug. 13 at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, estimates of at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are exposed to Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 1.
A recent review of the empirical studies on food dyes revealed: “The food industry dumps over 15 million pounds of the dyes studied into the food supply each year. Three of the dyes carry known carcinogens, and four can cause serious allergic reactions in some consumers. New studies show that seven of them contributed to cancer in lab animals, including brain and testicular tumors, colon cancer, and mutations” (Curran, 2010).
Numerous scientific studies and clinical trials spanning decades have linked artificial food dyes to a myriad of mild to severe adverse health outcomes including behavioral and mood disturbances (hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, anxiousness, depression, insomnia), headaches, swelling, skin problems, breathing disturbances (esp. in people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses). Animal studies suggest a link with some artificial food dyes and chronic toxicity/carcinogenicity.
Among the synthetic food dyes most commonly linked with adverse symptoms are:
Blue Dye #1
Blue Dye #2
Caramel Coloring (4 levels; ea. containing differing levels of sulfites, ammonia)
Green Dye #3
Red Dye #3
Red Dye #40
Yellow Dye #5 (Tartrazine)
Yellow Dye #6
These food dyes are common in breakfast cereals, candies, fruit drinks, fruit cocktail, soda, sports drinks, gelatin desserts, baked goods, snack foods, pickles, salad dressings, frozen entrees, and a plethora of other processed foods (as well as prescription and OTC drugs).
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