The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes
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The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes
7 reasons to hate artificial food dye (from 100 days of real food)


1.They are made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum



2. They’ve been linked to long-term health problems such as cancer.



3. Food products containing artificial dye are required to have a warning label in the U.K.



4. Synthetic food dyes have been shown to cause an increase in hyperactivity in children as well as a negative impact on their ability to learn



5. They add absolutely no value to the foods we are eating



6. They trick your senses



7. They are contributing to the obesity epidemic

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Warning for Food Colorings to Be Considered by F.D.A. Panel

Warning for Food Colorings to Be Considered by F.D.A. Panel | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
Studies suggest a link between food dyes and hyperactivity in children.
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:48 PM
This article states "In a concluding report, staff scientists from the F.D.A. wrote that while typical children might be unaffected by the dyes, those with behavioral disorders might have their conditions 'exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives.'" To me it doesn't seem at all worth the risk! I have no issue eating food that is whatever color it naturally is, even if it's not necessarily a bright color. I'd rather eat something ugly than risk harming my body or those of my future children.
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Scary Synthetic Dyes in Your Kids' Toothpaste & Vitamins: Moms Need to Take ... - The Stir (blog)

Scary Synthetic Dyes in Your Kids' Toothpaste & Vitamins: Moms Need to Take ... - The Stir (blog) | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
The Stir (blog)
Scary Synthetic Dyes in Your Kids' Toothpaste & Vitamins: Moms Need to Take ...
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:54 PM
Artificial dyes aren't just in food. They can be found in toothpaste, vitamins (my once-a-day vitamins had food dye! Who cares the color???), mouth wash, lotions, and many other products. How many synthetic dyes are we exposing ourselves or our children to everyday?
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American Processed Foods in Colors to Dye For - Organic Connections

American Processed Foods in Colors to Dye For - Organic Connections | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
The major US processed foods manufacturers deliver products without dangerous food dyes in the UK. But why not here a the US?
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 6:05 PM
A huge issue with sorting out artificial dyes, is that "financial ties between doctors and agrichemical, food and pharmaceutical corporations can play a pretty important role in what these doctors are willing to say." As with any research, we need to ask, who is funding the research? Where is the financial incentive? It's also brought up again here that many companies don't use artificial dyes in the products in other countries. "we aren’t asking our corporations to reinvent the wheel, we are simply asking for them to place the same products on our grocery store shelves that they are selling overseas."
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The Life Extension Blog: Do or Dye: How to Avoid Artificial Food Colorings

The Life Extension Blog: Do or Dye: How to Avoid Artificial Food Colorings | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
By Michael A. Smith, MD Recently, while dining out, I watched my nephew inhale a hot fudge s... (RT @LifeExtension: Is prettier looking food worth risking your family's health?
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 7:18 PM
Not only do we have to look out for artificial dye in our store bought food, but restaurant food has artificial dye in it too, and there is no label we can check to see if we are consuming those carcinogens. This article gives an extensive list of natural alternatives to these harmful chemicals. I'm of the opinion that no dye is needed, whether artificial or natural, but I can see why people would want to continue to color their food.
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Artificial Colors Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

Artificial Colors Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
The checkered history of artificial colors in foods and why parents should consider avoiding them
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 7:21 PM
There are reports that state that artificial dyes are safe for consumption. However, the amount (mgs) of dye tested is well below the regular intake an average person would experience in a day. And what about accumulation? "Why feed our children these additives if there is any risk associated with doing so if we don't have to?"
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Dyeing to Feed Kids in North America - Greener Ideal

Dyeing to Feed Kids in North America - Greener Ideal | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
Dyeing to Feed Kids in North America
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Another mom and medical writer recently wrote about her dye discoveries, following her daughter's reactions to Red 40 and Yellow 5 in various products— from juices to pie crusts.
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:51 PM
The UK and Australia have put bans on artificial dyes, which means companies that sell products in those countries have already altered their recipes to eliminate dyes and continue to sell their products. This means that the work has already been done. They don't need to do research and make drastic changes to supply dye free food in the US, they just need to do it!
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FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Behavior : NPR

FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Behavior : NPR | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration is meeting Wednesday and Thursday to examine whether artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in children.
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 6:07 PM
Reiterated here, artificial food dyes add no value whatsoever to what we eat. There are no pros and cons here, just cons. There are alternatives to food dye that can be used that are from natural sources.
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FDA Hears From Critics on Artificial Food Dyes. Next Step: Ignore Them

FDA Hears From Critics on Artificial Food Dyes. Next Step: Ignore Them | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
After two days of hearings on whether food dyes cause hyperactivity, the FDA has kicked the controversial issue down the road. Again.
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:59 PM
"There is no good reason NOT to ban Red 3" however, there is huge resistance on the manufacturers part against this move. Natural dyes are more expensive. Why don't they just pass that cost down to consumers? I would (and do) happily pay more for food without artificial dyes. I'd rather pay a few cents extra here and there than have tons of medical bills and behavioral issues from consuming these harmful substances.
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Hesses Madhouse: Red Dye: The Whole Story to this Point

Hesses Madhouse: Red Dye: The Whole Story to this Point | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:42 PM
A first hand account of a family friend and their experience so far with artificial dyes, specifically red dye, in their children's lives.
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Real Food Tips: 7 Reasons I Hate Artificial Food Dyes - 100 Days of Real Food

Real Food Tips: 7 Reasons I Hate Artificial Food Dyes - 100 Days of Real Food | The Life and Lies of Artificial Dyes | Scoop.it
Artificial food dye, synthetic food dye, food coloring, FD&C Red No. 40, or Tartrazine (a.k.a. Yellow No. 5)? whatever name it?s listed under, it is al
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Heather Rae Harston Isaacson's comment, April 18, 2013 5:43 PM
Very organized list of why artificial dyes are bad for you with substantial evidence backing up the claims. Not only is this blog a great resource for learning about artificial dyes, but also the dangers posed by processed foods.