Why We Avoid Artificial Colors

What are the Problems with Artificial Colors?

Anything artificial is generally a red flag when consuming food or beverages. When it comes to artificial colors, there has not been enough testing to determine the long term dangers. While most tests are inconclusive, some have linked artificial dyes to different forms of cancer. Certain colors when consumed by children have been found to lead to hyperactivity as well. The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the FDA to ban 8 different dyes which they claim cause these issues in children. [1] “In fact, artificial food dye consumption has increased by 500% in the last 50 years, and children are the biggest consumers” There are also some color dyes that can cause allergic reactions. “In multiple studies, Yellow 5 — also known as tartrazine — has been shown to cause hives and asthma symptoms. Food dyes are likely not dangerous for most people, but avoiding processed foods that contain dyes can improve your overall health.” [2]

Worst Artificial Colors

Blue 2:  
  • Has been linked to brain tumors in mice

  • A high dosage of Blue No. 2 has been shown to cause significant increases in brain cancers and other abnormal cell development [3]

Green 3: 
  • Was linked to bladder cancer in 1981

  • Green 3 has been found to have tumorigenic effects in animals during lab experiments [4]

Yellow 3: 
  • Can cause mild allergic reactions – especially in people who are sensitive to aspirin

Yellow 6: 
  • Has been associated with adrenal gland and kidney cancer as well as possible allergic reactions

Red 3: 
  • FDA considered for banning in 1983 because of a possible link to thyroid tumors

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