Food dyes could make you die – Cancer Defeated

Food dyes could make you die

By Lee Euler / May 15, 2011

What Color is Cancer?

It might very well be a combination of red, yellow, orange, green and blue. Why those colors?

Because they’re the colors used in nine artificial dyes added to foods so they’ll appear more appetizing.

Just think—how much fun would life be without green M&Ms®? And your Froot Loops® cereal just wouldn’t look as fruity without those pastel shades of pink, blue and green.

For that matter, would your dog eat his food if it weren’t the proper color? Well, HE probably would. But I guess the food industry believes that adding color even kicks his appetite up a notch! (I thought dogs were color blind, but I checked this out and apparently it’s a myth.)

But we may have to pay a heavy price for using synthetic dyes instead of natural sources of food color. . .

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If you’d prefer to believe these dyes are perfectly safe and are unlikely to pose a major health threat—DON’T READ THIS ARTICLE!

But if you’ve always suspected these artificial ingredients could be linked to serious health concerns … READ ON!

According to the report Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), many of the nine currently approved dyes have been linked to allergic reactions, hyperactivity and cancer.

In June 2008, CSPI petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request a ban on the use of Yellow 5 and other synthetic food dyes due to their adverse effects on children’s behavior1.

According to a March 2011 CSPI statement2, the FDA formed an advisory committee that is reviewing evidence linking the dyes to hyperactivity disorders and other behavioral problems. But CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson said this action has come after “many years of denial” by FDA officials.

So just how bad ARE the food dyes you ingest every day? Let’s take a peek at the research…

Would you chase your food with a swig of GASOLINE?

Surely you wouldn’t! But all the same, you’re probably eating your share of food dyes made from petroleum.

CSPI said synthetic food dyes tend to be cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings. And you better believe the FDA slaps its almighty stamp of approval on them before they reach stores.

Of the nine approved synthetic dyes, three of them—Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6—account for 90 percent of all dyes used. So you’d expect these to be the ‘safest’ to use, right? Well consider these facts:

1. Red 40—this widely-used dye is approved for use in products ranging from beverages, bakery goods and cereals to drugs and cosmetics. Scientific studies indicate that Red 40 may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice.

What’s more, the dye causes allergic reactions in some consumers—and could even trigger hyperactivity in children. CSPI said Red 40 should be banned from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.

2. Yellow 5—also known as Tartrazine, this dye is used in foods such as baked goods, candies and gelatin, as well as in pet foods and cosmetics. CSPI said the dye was not adequately tested in mice, but may be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Yellow 5 also can cause such allergic reactions as itching… hives… heart palpitations, and blurred vision!

3. Yellow 6—may also be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Studies indicate it may cause adrenal tumors in animals, though that is disputed by industry and the FDA. Yellow 6 may also cause severe hypersensitivity reactions in some people. And pets that consume this dye in dog foods had increased incidents of eye lesions and inflamed corneas!

Don’t think that the other five dyes are any safer. Most of the other dyes profiled in the study were linked to occurrences of bladder, brain, kidney and thyroid tumors in mice.

The fact is none of these additives have any nutritional value to the human body. And because they actually can do more harm than good, advocacy groups like CSPI say they should be completely banned.

But all the FDA has been willing to do is slap labels on foods advising that they contain artificial dyes and coloring. Essentially they’re ducking the question of possible dangers rather than encouraging the use of safer alternatives.

And yes, there ARE plenty of safe ways to add color to foods…

A drop or two of NATURAL color will do!

If you take a peek at Nature’s bounty of fruits and vegetables, you can see a rainbow of natural color. Plant extracts can add natural color to foods—without the harmful side-effects.

And better still, most of these extracts are high in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and polyphenols which help protect rather than harm your health.

Actually, you can make your own food coloring from other foods. You can use a sieve to strain the pulp from fruit or vegetable juices and then use the juice to achieve the desired color in foods of your choice.

Here are some of the foods you can use as natural dyes:

1. Avocado

2. Beets

3. Blueberries

4. Raspberries

5. Saffron

6. Turmeric

But if you’re not inclined to do all the straining and mixing yourself—don’t worry! Companies such as Nature’s Flavor, Chefmaster Natural Coloring, India Tree, and Seelect Tea all sell natural food colorings and flavorings.

If it’s hard to eliminate all artificial dyes from your diet, then at least take small steps toward eating more natural, whole foods. Cutting back on food coloring is better than doing nothing at all.

You can enjoy a kaleidoscope of natural food colors—minus the elevated cancer threat!

Last week I sent you an important article about the link between cancer and polio vaccines. If you missed it, just scroll down and see it now!

Best regards,

Lee Euler,

About the author

Lee Euler

Hi I'm Lee Euler, I’ve spent over a decade investigating every possible way a person can beat cancer. In fact, our commitment to defeating cancer has made us the world’s #1 publisher of information about Alternative Cancer Treatments -- with over 20 books and 700 newsletters on the subject. If you haven't heard about all your cancer options, or if you want to make sure you don’t miss even one answer to this terrible disease, then join our newsletter. When you do, I'll keep you informed each week about the hundreds of alternative cancer treatments that people are using to cure cancer all over the world.

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