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Food Dyes May Pose Health Risks

Did you know that food dyes may actually pose health risks? These dyes come in fun and bright colors, but  many consumers are not aware that food dyes are actually harmful. They are not only absorbed during digestion, but also get absorbed into the skin and enter the bloodstream, and may inhibit cell respiration.

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Food dyes are used to beautify the appearance and enhance the taste of cakes, pastries, candies, and ice cream. Colorful food has always attracted the attention of people, especially young children. Without food coloring, these foods would not look so enticing, though they would certainly taste just as good.  However, that lovely dye job and appearance conceals a dark side.

The commonly used food dyes today are Yellow, Red, and Blue. These dyes are also used in some cosmetics like toothpaste, make-up, and facial wash.

Food coloring may make food a lot more inviting, but a recent new study by the Slovak University of Technology research team has found that these food dyes are actually detrimental to one’s health, particularly the blue dye.

The following article written by Mandy Oaklander and published at Foxnews.com, summarizes the results of the recent study regarding blue food dyes and discusses the alternatives to products with dyes.

Food dyes may pose health risks

There aren’t many compliments to pay processed food, but even we’ll admit: The stuff sure can be colorful. Give the food industry a dull block of ice, and voila! They’ll give you back an azure popsicle.

Unfortunately, a blockbuster new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology finds that blue dye used in edible products might be doing more to our bodies than we thought.

The research team, out of the Slovak University of Technology, studied two blue dyes, Patent Blue and Brilliant Blue. The former is banned from food products in the United States, but Brilliant Blue (also known as FD&C Blue No. 1) is used in food, textiles, leathers, and cosmetics in several countries including the U.S.

“[Brilliant Blue] is one of the most commonly used blue dyes,” says study co-author Jarmila Hojerová, an associate professor at the Slovak University of Technology and president of the Slovak Society of Cosmetology.

So it must be safe, right? (Read the rest of the story here…)

The results of the study are quite alarming, especially that most processed foods have food dyes in them. Consumers then should be trying other alternatives to these, to prevent risks in health.

The Slovak University of Technology research team studied two blue dyes – Patent Blue and Brilliant Blue. In the United States, Patent Blue has already been banned from their food products. On the other hand, Brilliant Blue which is also known as FD&C Blue No. 1, is being used in food, cosmetics, leathers, and textiles in the U.S. and in a number of countries.

The team has found that both the dyes can enter the bloodstream through the skin or one’s digestive tract. This is a new finding as it was known that the skin blocked the dye from absorption, and dyes that were ingested were destroyed by the gastrointestinal system. This then might lead to inhibition of cell respiration

The study needs more further research to prove the findings, but it’s a smart move to try and avoid products with food dyes. A good way to avoid consumer risk is to look for alternatives. Rather than cosmetic products, settle for clean and all natural cosmetics. As for food, instead of the synthetic food dyes, go with the organics — spinach (green), turmeric (yellow), raspberries (red), beetroot (purple/pink), and blackberries (blue). Remember to check out the labels of products as well.

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