Food Dyes & Colorings

by diana on December 3, 2010

in Healthy Snacks, Food & Recipes for Kids


I am posting a direct letter from the newsletter of the Feingold Association. This is directly from their newsletter that I signed up for. I really suggest that you sign up for it also to keep informed of this oh so important issue. The Feingold Association deals with educating and informing the public as well as promoting the health of children. They have done numerous studies of affects of food preservatives, dyes and colors on children. How it affects their behaviour, moods, health, etc. How proper nutrition helps ADD, ADHD, autism, etc.

This particular letter is on artificial food dyes and colorings. Hopefully they get banned in North America like they are in Europe. This could be possible – please read below:

US: Colors – Red No 40, Yellow No 6, Blue No 1

Europe: Colors – Beetroot red, Annatto, Paprika extract

December 1, 2010

Dear Feingold Friends,

We are so excited!! We just had to share this with you right away, and we could not wait to include it in the December eNews.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), finally responding to the 2008 petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), has agreed to hold a hearing on food dyes in March.

This hearing is long overdue, but very welcome! Although Yellow 5, Red 40, and other commonly used food dyes have long been shown in numerous clinical studies to impair children’s behavior, the FDA has continued to dismiss the mounting evidence against the dyes.

According to Dr. Michael Jacobson, CSPI Executive Director, the continued use of synthetic food dyes is hardly worth the risk. “What’s the benefit?” he says. “Junk food that’s even more appealing to children than it already is? Why, when we’re medicating so many children for hyperactivity, would we let food manufacturers worsen some children’s problems? Behavioral problems aside, animal studies indicating that dyes pose a cancer risk provide another reason for banning those chemicals.”

Fortunately, a few companies are adopting smarter policies even in the absence of government action. Starbucks does not permit dyes in any of its beverages or pastries, NECCO has switched to safer natural colorings for its famous Wafers, and Frito-Lay is testing dye-free snack foods.

 Europe has moved much more quickly to protect children from artificial dyes. The British government has urged companies to stop using most dyes, and the European Union requires a warning notice on most dyed foods. As a consequence, Kellogg, Kraft, McDonald’s, and other American companies that do business in Europe use safe, natural colorings over there — but harmful, synthetic petrochemicals over here.

We in the Feingold Association have been working with Dr. Jacobson on this issue, and we plan to be at the FDA’s March meeting. I will fill you in on details as I get them, so that perhaps many of you, too, can make yourselves heard (and maybe seen).

We can optimistically hope that this is finally the beginning of the end of synthetically dyed foods in the United States.

Best wishes,

Shula Edelkind, Feingold eNews Editor
Feingold Association of the United States

Europe has been ahead of us for years on the artificial food preservative and food dye issue. If they can sell foods without them, then there is NO reason why we can not.

This is so extremely important because it affects the health of our kids – which are – OUR FUTURE!! I have read somewhere that todays generation of children will probably have a shorter life span (more disease and illness) than the generation of their parents. That means my child, your child!! I can see that. I can see more obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer……all caused from a toxic environment, food supply, food sources, water, air, etc. LET’S CONTROL WHAT WE CAN!

Make the choice to take care of your children and family. READ labels and CHOOSE NOT TO BUY foods with artificial preservatives, colorings and dyes. We cannot thrive or survive on chemicals.


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