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Harmful Effects of Artificial Food Colors


Artificial food colors make food look more appealing. Brightly colored foods attract the attention of consumers, especially children. You might not be aware of the risks and dangers of artificial food coloring on your health.
food color dyes: source wikimedia commons

Do you know color additives are synthesized from petroleum byproducts? Artificial food dyes are also sourced from raw materials obtained from coal tar. Since they are cheaper and more stable under intense heat and light conditions, artificial colors have become widely popular in the food industry.

They may be used to standardize the color in products that may lose color during the production process. Food dyes make artificially flavored foods look more appealing. Artificial colors are often added to certain food products to intensify their natural color.

You might find Red #40 in foods that do not contain real fruit (cherries or strawberries) but use artificial fruit flavors.

Most common "colored" eatables with synthetic colors include:

candies
beverages
aerated drinks
fruit juices
color chocolate
cereals
colored foods
tomato ketchup
desserts
snacks
potato chips
carbonated sodas
sports drinks
energy drinks
baked goodies
popsicles
ice creams
orange & lemon peels
hot dog
frostings & cake icing
condiments
sweetened yogurt


Research is underway to investigate the connection between artificial food colors and children behavioral problems. It is reported that children who are fed artificial food flavored eatables are at the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Other behavioral problems included aggression, sleeplessness, irritability, and restlessness. These behavioral changes are more common in children who ingest higher doses of artificial food colors. Younger kids are more reactive to food dyes than older children.

You might be surprised to find that the most widely used artificial food coloring culprits include colors that contain harmful compounds that are linked to cancer. Watch out for Red 40, Yellow 5, and/or Yellow 6 on food labels before buying a product.

Artificial food coloring risks include irritability, allergies, learning and sleeping problems, depression, memory loss, and aggressiveness.

Unfortunately, color additives are also added to cosmetics, drugs, and foods & drinks.
Most cake decorations use artificial food dyes.

Regular use of products with color additives can have serious health concerns, from raising serum creatinine to increasing albumin concentration, reducing antioxidant enzymes in liver, causing oxidation of fatty acids and acute inflammation, skin irritation & allergy, and congestion of kidneys.

So I chose to color my tooti frooti naturally. Check this.

tooti frooti
turmeric cake
carrot powder

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

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