How can something so pretty and colorful be so bad for you? Synthetic dyes, also known as artificial colors, are made from coal tar and petrochemical residues. Thousands of foods and drinks contain added colors. These toxic chemicals can also be recognized by their numbers, like FD&C #5.
Food dyes are proven carcinogens, and some people are more sensitive to their effects, especially children. The following conditions could possibly be triggered by artificial colors:
attention deficit disorder (ADD)
colds/flu (the body’s way of detoxifying)
sinus and respiratory problems
Those with asthma seem to be particularly sensitive to food dyes, with many fatal and near fatal reactions reported. Yellow Dye #5 (also known as tartrazine) seems to be the main culprit. It is a coal tar derivative that belongs to the aspirin family, proving especially dangerous for those with aspirin sensitivity.
The accumulation of these dyes over time can lead to chronic disease, including cancer. Eating a whole-foods, unprocessed diet can help detoxify and protect the body against damage from toxic chemicals. Including six or more daily servings of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is a good natural defense against disease.
Eat a rainbow of colors found in nature–green spinach, yellow squash, oranges, purple eggplant, red beets, blueberries, and white onions. These colors contain God’s pharmacy of nutrients to detoxify, repair, and build our health.
Read the ingredients on all packaged foods and drinks! You’ll find artificial colors in an enormous number of products:
ice cream/frozen treats
frozen and canned foods
cereals (especially those marketed to children)
sports/energy drinks/sodas/fruit punch
some butter and cheese products
pie fillings/canned fruit/maraschino cherries
For more information: List of food dyes to avoid
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.