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Stop Harming Your Kids!

Updated on October 20, 2015

Stop Harming Your Kids!

Stop Harming Your Kids!

10 harmful ingredients may be inside your kid's favorite snacks.

Experts believe food coloring can cause serious health problems, including asthma and hyperactivity in children.

These are 10 Artificial Food Colorings parents should avoid giving their kids.

1. Red #40: Found in many foods to alter color. All types of modern food dyes are derived from petroleum. Which is a carcinogen that is linked to cancer in some studies it may also cause hyperactivity in children. It is banned in different European countries.

Written by Martha Bryce, RN, BSN, MSN:

"FD&C Red Dye #40 is known also as Red 40 or Allura Red. It is one of the most commonly used artificial food dyes in the U.S and is found in items such as beverages, candies, ice pops, meats, cheeses, salmon, and over the counter medications as well as liquid suspensions of prescribed medicines generally indicated for use with children".

"Red Dye #40 is a highly refined petrochemical and based on potential ill-effects including headaches/migraines, hyperactivity, decreased concentration, sleep disturbances and a feeling of “crawling out of one’s skin”, its use in foods has been reduced or banned from use in other countries".

2. Blue #1: Found in candy and some bakery products. Also in lots of soft drinks. May damage chromosomes which can lead to cancer. Plus attention deficit disorder.

3. Blue #2: This dye is used in candy and different food beverages.Experts believe this dye can cause brain tumors and also attention deficit disorder.

Quotes by Brendan Borrell in Scientific American:

"Blue No. 1 is called "brilliant blue" and, as is typical of modern dyes, was originally derived from coal tar, although most manufacturers now make it from an oil base. Blue No. 2, or "indigotine," on the other hand, is a synthetic version of the plant-based indigo that has a long history as a textile dye".

"Although toxicology studies have demonstrated that both of these dyes are relatively safe, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other advocacy organizations have long argued that these and other artificial colorings may be linked to attention deficit disorder (ADD). In September 2007, a study in the U.K. medical journalThe Lancet came to a similar conclusion, leading the European Parliament last July to order such products to carry a label warning consumers of the potential risk. Such concerns are behind the decision by the Nestlé–Rowntree candy company in England to pull its blue Smarties—an M&M look-alike—from shelves in 2005. In February 2008, the company brought them back, using spirulina, a bluish mixture of two species of cyanobacteria, in lieu of the chemicals".

4. Citrus red #1: This type of dye is sprayed some on oranges to make them look ripe. Studies suggest it can damage chromosomes and lead to cancer.

Excerpt from WebMD written by Janelle Sorensen:

"Consumers should also consider the variety of sources of these dyes. They’re not just in food – they’re in personal care products, vitamins, medications, and cleaners, too. We know nothing about the cumulative impacts of these exposures, especially in regards to our children’s health and development. While consuming dyed food or absorbing dyes dermally (via colored lotions or soaps, for instance) may not cause problems for everyone, the body of evidence for potential risks associated with artificial colors is growing".

"Artificial food colors have been linked to allergies, asthma, hyperactivity and even cancer. U.K. officials recently proposed a voluntary ban on them (and now Kraft Lunchables in the UK are naturally colored, but the product sold in the US is still artificially colored). In light of increasing evidence of risk and the success of the ban in the UK, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the FDA to ban the use of existing artificial food dyes in the U.S., and to require for the first time that new food additives be tested for their toxicity to the brain and behavior before going on the market".

5. Green #3: Another dye found in candy and beverages. This dye in particular can cause bladder tumors.

6. Yellow #5: Used numerous types of desserts and candy.Thought to cause kidney tumors.

Val Willingham - CNN Medical Producer posted:

"According to the experts who testified, European companies already are dropping dyes including Blue #1, Yellow #5, Green #3 and others and substituting natural dyes for them. But the United States still allows artificial dyes, mostly for aesthetic reasons, not for taste".

"The idea that dyes in food causes ADHD was first noted in Why Your Child is Hyperactive, a book written by Dr. Benjamin Feingold in 1975. The eating style described in the book became known as the Feingold Diet. He found if you eliminated artificial food dyes and additives in American diets, cases of hyperactivity in children, later defined as ADHD, would decline. But reviews of the data found that the correlation between dyes and hyperactivity were inconsistent".

"Although numerous data have been collected on food dyes and hyperactivity in kids over the past decade, critics say the design of the studies has been weak. They note many of the studies were performed on small groups– many involved no more than 25 children. They also noted that much of the observation data (how the child acted) was reported by parents and not by clinicians. And they pointed out that most of the dyes tested were combined into a dye mixture and not tested individually".

7. Red #3: This is also a carcinogen it is in ice cream and. lots of baked goods. May cause nerve damage and thyroid cancer.

8. Caramel coloring: Found in soft drinks, sauces, pastries and breads.Very hazardous when made with ammonia.

Consumer Reports posted:

"Caramel color, added to many soft drinks and some foods to turn them brown, may sound harmless, even appetizing. But in no way does it resemble real caramel. Some types of this artificial coloring contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI). Under California’s Proposition 65 law, any food or beverage sold in the state that exposes consumers to more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI per day is supposed to carry a health-warning label. In recent Consumer Reports’ tests, each of the 12-ounce samples of Pepsi One and Malta Goya had more than 29 micrograms per can or bottle. While we cannot say that this violates California's Prop 65, we believe that these levels are too high, and we have asked the California Attorney General to investigate".

"Caramel color is the single most used food coloring in the world, according to a 2013 report from market research firms Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research. “There’s no reason why consumers should be exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary risk that can stem from coloring food brown,” says Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., toxicologist and executive director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety & Sustainability Center".

"In 2007, a federal government study concluded that 4-MeI caused cancer in mice and the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined the chemical to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011. There’s no federal limit for levels of 4-MeI in foods and beverages, but as of January 7, 2012 California requires manufacturers to label a product sold in the state with a cancer warning if it exposes consumers to more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI per day. In this case, the exposure comes from consumption".

"The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment used 29 micrograms as the cut off point because that’s the level they determined poses a one in 100,000 risk of cancer—that is, no more than one excess cancer case per 100,000 people who are exposed to that amount daily for a lifetime".

9. Orange B: This food dye is used in hot dogs. High doses of this is bad for the liver and bile duct.

10.Bixin: Food coloring that may cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.

From Precision Nutrition Ryan Andrews posted:

"There are many types of food additives: preservatives, sweeteners, firming agents, anti-caking agents, etc".

"Colour additives are categorized as either dyes or lakes".

"Dyes dissolve in water and are manufactured as powders, granules, liquids or other special-purpose forms. They can be used in beverages, dry mixes, baked goods, dairy products, jams, pudding, pie filling, yogurt, popsicles, pet foods and a variety of other products".

"Lakes are the water-insoluble form of the dye. Lakes are more stable than dyes and are ideal for colouring products containing fats and oils, or items without enough moisture to dissolve dyes. Typical uses include coated tablets, cake and donut mixes, cheese, margarine, candy and chewing gums".

I am a athlete with a loving family. Health and fitness is my way of life, so I feel strongly against harmful unknown additives in my kids snacks. Most parents are unaware of the risks from the additives in majority of the foods and snacks that are given to children. I have been researching ingredients from the foods in my household for some time now and I honestly feel mislead and a bit of guilty from unknowingly giving harmful substances to my family.

I recommend that all parents worldwide should research the ingredients on labels from the foods in their household for the safety of themselves and their children.


Linwood Lewis


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