Reduce Your Exposure to Chemical Food Dyes – Part 2



The easiest way to avoid or reduce your exposure to chemical coloring is simply to avoid a lot of processed food.  Check your gluten-free labels always.

FD&C on a label means the FDA allows the dyes to be used in food, drugs and cosmetics.  Sometimes you’ll see FDA Red 40 or FD&C Red 40, so these are just 2 ways the labeling is used.

The FDA allows nine synthetic color additives to this date despite consumer advocacy groups showing mass evidence of the 2 dyes; Red 40 and Yellow 6 linked to hyperactivity, hence attention disorders.

Also, the term artificial colors means “dyes from plants and minerals”, not a synthetic source.  Two of these are caramel (used in cola) and annatto extract from a tropical seed and used in some cheeses to make the color desired.

Click here to read Part 1 on how chemical food dyes are linked to hyperactivity.

Tina Turbin

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21 Responses to Reduce Your Exposure to Chemical Food Dyes – Part 2

  1. Jackie says:

    This is a great point. I try hard not to have processed foods in the house and we don’t eat out that much.

  2. Nori says:

    Cool picture you have here:) Glad you’re doing this series of articles. You don’t find this kind of information in many places!

  3. Sue Linni says:

    I think you’re totally right about avoiding processed foods. When you stick to just natural stuff, which really DOES taste good, you are doing your body a big favor!

  4. Sally Jansen says:

    Oh this is a great series…I hope there will be a part 3 or part 4 too!

  5. Sharon Silvers says:

    I agree with Sue…just eat natural foods and no worries!

  6. Cheryl says:

    This is really an understated issue in man ways. We have so many chemicals that we’re exposed to in our daily lives like parabens and fluoride that we need to wake up, learn what these do to our bodies, and stay away from them!

  7. Didian says:

    Hi Tina this is some valuable information right here and I’m so happy to see someone talking about it!

  8. Sharon says:

    I get scared that later down the road we’re going to discover some pretty dark things about the chemicals we are exposed to now, as studies are already showing. Just stay away from this stuff or at least keep your kids free of it!

  9. Cindy says:

    Interesting topic here…kind of scary though!

  10. Samantha Sherring says:

    This is such an underemphasized subject, which is very alarming to me. As parents we need to research children’s health issues like this to take control of our kids’ health.

  11. Sidney says:

    Yikes, I’m super paranoid now about parabens. So crazy the chemicals people come up with to put in our food and hygiene products.

  12. Nancy says:

    I have been very concerned about this for a long time. Now I’m going to be researching this topic because it really is my responsibility as a parent!

  13. Marion says:

    Hi, Tina. A wonderful point here and it makes a lot of sense that this stuff could be causing these issues in our kids because it seems worse than it used to be so it should be something environmental going on.

  14. Patty says:

    Someone left a great comment on this for the Part 1 blog on this topic…highly recommend it for those of you who are interested:)

  15. Peggy says:

    A really important issue, and there are really so many chemicals in the environment we’re not even aware of, such as in our water and in the atmosphere, that you really can’t afford to willingly and knowingly give your child chemicals such as in food coloring.

  16. Hilary Jackman says:

    Hi, Tina. I’m really interested to hear more about this topic, as I’ve heard there are so many toxins out there, and I heard that they have something to do with autism statistics increasing.

  17. Natalie says:

    Hmmm I have to say this is pretty disturbing stuff and what’s even scarier is like NO ONE talks about it. You really have no idea and these chemicals are everywhere!

  18. Daniella says:

    On another post someone shared the following links which I recommend to others!

  19. Manuela says:

    This is really eye-opening. It is such a shame why this stuff has to even be in our children’s food and products. It is so unnecessary.

  20. Sylvia Sylmar says:

    Hi Tina thanks for spreading the word on this. It is so unbelievable how much chemicals and food coloring have taken over our grocery stores. Geesh!

  21. Gina McClure says:

    @Daniella thank you for these links

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