Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, colorful vibrant food and food products await you. It’s nearly inescapable. Even something as benign as “innocent” little candies…full of risky dyes? It can’t be, right? Wrong.
Dont drink that Gatorade just yet, Junior. If you think that’s a performance enhancing drink then you’re literally drinking the kool-aid.
Publications from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (from here on out we will refer to them as CSPI) conducts numerous studies for public health and safety, although their findings clearly are not always given the attention they deserve. The FDA won’t protect you, and you clearly can’t rely on food manufacturers to protect you. You have to be a smart shopper with a keen eye for detail.
Let us hit you with some alarming findings to confirm that the FDA really isn’t too worried about you.
“The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens … Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.”
Does it bother you to know that the FDA acknowledges that these dyes are known to be carcinogens (a carcinogen is defined as a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue) YET we still have these dyes prevalent in our food supply in everything…drinks, candies, ice creams, condiments, even health food supplements. You’re joking right? I am not, but wish I was. Something that is labeled and sold to you to enhance performance and wellness can contain food dyes (the top selling preworkout in America is laced with multiple dyes…great job guys, way to value your customer base). Trust me when I say you don’t want me to discuss the food dye load in your children’s skittles or bomb pops.
CHECK YOUR FOOD LABELS, ELIMINATE FOOD DYES
Basically, it’s up to you to be vigilant for yourself and what you allow.
“In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.
… Because of those toxicological considerations, including carcinogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions, and behavioral effects, food dyes cannot be considered safe. The FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect, though quirks in the law make it difficult to do so (the law should be amended to make it no more difficult to ban food colorings than other food additives).
In the meantime, companies voluntarily should replace dyes with safer, natural colorings.”
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SOURCES AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
- Food Freedom Network February 3, 2011
- Center for Science in the Public Interest “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks” (PDF)
- 1 Center for Science in the Public Interest, July 2010
- 2 Center for Science in the Public Interest, Summary of Studies on Food Dyes (PDF)
- 3 Center for Science in the Public Interest
- 4 Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks (PDF)
- 5 The Lancet November 3, 2007
- 6 British Food Standards Agency, Food Additives and Hyperactivity (PDF)