You must have heard about petroleum, the yellow liquid used for the production of gasoline and motor oil. However, it can be refined and as a result of that used in many food products available in every market, and mostly used in products targeted for children’s use.
Commonly these by-products are used as artificial food dyes, flavoring and preservatives in processed snacks. The well-known variations are yellow color 5 and red dye 40.
The by-products of petroleum are banned in other countries because they are harmful for the overall health. Nevertheless, the FDA has still not banned the use of petroleum products used in American food. But, according to recent studies artificial food dyes can cause the following conditions:
- Allergic reactions
- Birth defects
- Chromosomal damage
- Organ damage
These artificial food dyes have in their content even more unexpected and unknown impurities. Due to all these negative effects the British government and European Union have stopped the use of dyes in food throughout Europe since 2009 and 2010.
The dangerous color substances like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 are mostly used in foods; in fact they take 90% of the dyes used in foods.
What is even worse is that fact that some fresh oranges are dipped into dye so that they are brightened and acquire a uniform color, maintains the executive director at CSPI, Michael Jacobson.
Check the chart below, and see what food dyes can do to your body.
The most common food dyes cause the following ailments:
Red 40 – it was revealed that it can cause immune-system tumors in mice and allergic reactions and also hyper reactions in children.
Yellow 5 – it is similar in effects to Red 40, however it contains several carcinogenic substances that has been related to organ damage.
Yellow 6 – this food dye can cause adrenal tumors in animals and also hypersensitivity in children.
All these food dyes are mostly contained in the most popular children’s foods, like the following ones.
List of Popular Children’s foods that You Need to Avoid
- Teddy Grams
These seemingly non harmless treats are often related to TBHQ (a petroleum based-product), which is extremely bad for the overall health as it damages human DNA and causes cellular dysfunction. Likewise it can cause vision loss, tumors, liver enhancement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals. In addition to this it can cause anxiety, nausea, vomiting, delirium, and stomach cancer.
- M & Ms
These chocolates are everyone’s favorite, even adults love them, but aside the red 40, yellow 6 and yellow 5, they are also colored by blue 1, which impedes the development of nerve cells and also with blue 2, known to cause tumors in the brain and bladder.
- Pop Tarts
The Kellogg website displays the nutritional information of these treats, and the most popular flavor, frosted strawberry, contains plenty of dangerous ingredients.
Their content shows the presence of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar within the first 7 ingredients. Furthermore, they have been related to childhood diabetes, sugar addiction and liver concerns. Above all they contain TBHQ as well which is very harmful for the health as mentioned before.
- Fruit Snacks
Even though they are advertised as healthy snacks they are full with food coloring in order to make them more appealing, like for instance jam-filled cereal bars for instance. The Red 3 is often used, which FDA banned its use from cosmetic products due to the appearance of thyroid growths.
They do not have only the yellow 6 color, but also contain an artificial flavoring combined with other highly poisonous compounds. The well-known variety, “Flamin’ Hot”, may cause abdominal distress, gastritis and some kind of addiction in both children and adults.
Have in mind all this information when you are giving these products to your children; however it is a good thing that you can replace all these treats with natural and organic products like fresh fruits and vegetables. There is no need to mention that these options are healthier, more nutritious and filling than the ones on the above mentioned list.
If you want to protect your child from the exposure of dyes, ensure reading the labels on household products, including shampoos, toothpastes, hand creams vitamins, cough syrup, and laundry detergent. All these products often have in their content toxic dyes.