- Artificial food coloring made with petroleum-base have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions
- Yellow 5 and Red 40 are two out of six food colorings that are banned in the UK
- Manufacturers in the U.S. put about 15 million pounds of eight different synthetic dyes into our food each year
Many of the popular snacks kids love contain artificial food coloring made with petroleum-based ingredients as Yellow 5 (tartrazine) and Red 40 to make food look more appealing but these dyes have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions.
Yellow 5 and Red 40 are two out of six food colorings that are banned in the UK, but it is estimated that manufacturers in the U.S. put about 15 million pounds of eight different synthetic dyes into our food each year.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledges that food dyes can impair the behavior of some children, and it has done nothing to remove them from our food supply so today we are going to give you the top 5 popular children’s snacks made with petroleum-based ingredients:
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The most popular flavor of Pop Tarts, Frosted Strawberry, includes ingredients such as corn syrup, dextrose, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, all of which have been linked to sugar addiction, diabetes and liver problems in children. In laboratory animals, it’s been linked to tumors, loss of vision, liver enlargement, convulsions, and paralysis.
The food color most often used in these “fruit” flavored snacks is Red 3 or erythrosine, a petroleum product which has been banned for use in cosmetics due to its connection with thyroid tumors.
These popular candies contain Blue 1, which can trigger the development of malignant tumors, Blue 2, which can increase hyperactivity and has been linked to brain tumors, Red 40 which can damage DNA, and Yellow 5 and 6 which have been linked to cancer.
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The artificial coloring in this snack is made from Yellow 6, which is derived from petroleum, as is the “cheese” flavoring, which includes methyl benzoate and ethyl methylphenidate.
These snack has TBHQ, which has also been shown to cause stomach cancer in lab rats and in children, it can cause anxiety and restlessness.