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The Health Risks of Artificial Food Coloring: What You Need to Know!

How much do you know about artificial food coloring? How important are aesthetics for you ? 

Do you remember the vibrant candies that made your eyes sparkle with delight? The pastries that filled your childhood with sweetness? Ah, the joy of those sugary treats!

But let me share a little secret that was hidden behind their enticing colors. Those very same candies and pastries were filled with a toxic secret: artificial food coloring additives.

Today we’ll expose the health risks of artificial food coloring and shed light on the hidden toxins lurking within your food.

“The true value of food lies not in its appearance, but in its quality and nutritional content. Let’s choose toxic-free food that truly nourishes us from the inside out.” – Unknown

artificial food coloring next to cupcakes

Why do Food Manufacturers Add Artificial Coloring to Foods?

Artificial food coloring additives are synthetic substances added to foods primarily for aesthetic purposes. They make the food look more appealing and attractive to consumers, especially children. These colorings are often used in a wide range of processed foods, including sodas, breakfast cereals, candies, snack foods, baked goods, frozen desserts, pickles, and salad dressings. Unfortunately, their use goes beyond just visual enhancement.

What Exactly are Synthetic Dyes Made from?

Artificial food coloring additives are complex chemicals made from petroleum, a crude oil product commonly used for gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and plastic. It’s unsettling to think that the same substance used to power our vehicles is being added to our food. These dyes are created using petroleum-based compounds, leaving behind questions about their impact on our health.

Dangerous artificial food coloring compared to natural food coloring

Commonly Used Artificial Food Coloring Additives:

The FDA currently approves nine synthetic dyes for use in food. These include Blue 1, Blue 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6. Foods often contain a mixture of these dyes, with cereals, ice cream, candy, and toaster pastries being notable examples of products containing multiple artificial colors.

Why are Artificial Food Coloring Additives Considered Dangerous?

The use of artificial food coloring additives raises significant health concerns, particularly for children. Numerous studies have highlighted the following risks associated with these additives:

1)Inflammation and Immune System Disruption:

Artificial dyes can cause an inflammatory response in the body, leading to immune system activation. They contain small molecules that can attach to proteins in our bodies, disrupting immune system functioning and triggering an immune response.

2)Contaminants and Carcinogens:

Some commonly used food dyes, such as Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens. These contaminants, including substances like 4-aminobiphenyl, 4-aminoazobenzene, and benzidine, have been found in food dyes at “safe” levels, as defined by the FDA. However, the potential long-term effects of these contaminants are a cause for concern.

3)Potential Cancerous Tumor Development:

Certain artificial food colorings have been linked to various forms of cancer in animal studies. For example, Citrus Red 2 caused bladder and other tumors in mice and rats, while Red 3 was found to cause thyroid tumors in rats. Blue 2 has been associated with brain and bladder tumors in rats, and Red 40 may cause tumors in the immune system cells of mice.

4)Hypersensitivity and Behavioral Effects:

Artificial food dyes, such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, have been shown to trigger hypersensitivity reactions in some individuals. Studies have linked these dyes to hyperactivity and other unfavorable behavioral effects in children. Eliminating artificial food dyes from children’s diets has shown promising results in reducing symptoms of attention-related disorders and behavioral problems.

artificial food color fun facts

The detrimental effects of food dyes on our health cannot be ignored. Studies have linked them to cancer-causing properties, immune disruption, and hypersensitivity reactions. It’s essential to remember that our food choices have a profound impact on our overall well-being.

Take a significant step towards better health by opting for naturally-colored foods. Scan all of your products with Tera and choose wholesome options that are free from artificial additives. By making this conscious choice, you’re doing yourself a big favor and prioritizing your health and vitality.

Thank you for reading this edition and uncovering the hidden dangers of artificial food coloring additives. Stay tuned for more empowering information in our upcoming newsletters as we continue to explore topics for a healthier lifestyle.

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