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Processed Foods Containing Artificial Food Colours and Dyes

Did you know that more than 3,000 food additives, preservatives, flavourings, colours and other ingredients are added to  foods?  Based on research showing the hazardous impact on health especially regarding negative effects on children’s behaviour, many of these have been banned in other countries.  For example, as reported in the featured article:

“Boxed Mac-n-Cheese, cheddar flavoured crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2, the most popular used dyes in the United States. Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioural problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”

In countries where these food colours and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colourings instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto.  Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.

The grocery stores are full of processed and refined foods that have chemical preservatives and offer very little nutritional value.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredient you shouldn’t consume it.  Keep it simple, nourish your body with a whole food based diet.