Commonly used food dyes, such as Yellow 5, Red 40, and six others, are made from petroleum and pose a “rainbow of risks.” Those risks include hyperactivity in children, cancer (in animal studies), and allergic reactions. In 2008, because of the problem of hyperactivity, the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of these dyes. The British government and European Union have taken actions that are virtually ending the use of dyes throughout Europe.
Food dyes also serve to deceive consumers: they are often used to simulate the presence of healthful, colorful fruits and vegetables. But considering the adverse impact of these chemicals on children, and considering how easily they can be replaced with safe, natural ingredients, it's time to get rid of them altogether from the United States and Canada.
Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars are made with natural colorings in Britain but contain food dyes in the United States.
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So are we not as good as Europeans?
I recently have learned about food dyes and what it does to our childrens health. And like anything else if it bothers me I do something about it. I'm not one to put on the blinders. And is there ALOT of food with these dyes- fruit snack, butter, soups, cheese, cereals, yogurt and alot more. Go check out your cabinet and fridge and let me know what you find.
What can you do?
Write your Senator and Congress asking them what they are doing to push the government to obey the food safety laws and ban these dyes.
Or read more here then do something about it.
For your children.◦