Food dyes or artificial colorings that are found in soda, fruit juices, and salad dressings may contribute to hyperactivity in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal research has linked other food colorings to cancer and other illnesses.
Recent studies have shown that when food manufacturers left foods in their natural, often beige-like color instead of using these artificial chemical coloring agents, thought that the food tasted bland and ate less, even when the recipe wasn't altered. Long ago, food coloring came from natural sources such as saffron and turmeric. Today, most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial floors.
1) Blue #1 and Blue #2 (It's not Dr. Seuss - I guarantee you)
Banned in Norway, Finland and France, these blue dyes may cause chromosomal damage. They are found in candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks, and pet food.
2) Red Dye #3 (also Red #40, a more current dye)
Banned in 1990 after 8 years of debate, this dye continues to be on the market shelves until the supplies run out! Red dye has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission. This dye is found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, ice cream, candy and more!
3) Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartrazine
Banned in Norway and Sweden, these yellow chemicals increase the number of adrenal and kidney gland tumors. They are found in American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy, sodas, lemonade and more!
Definitely avoid these harmful dyes at all costs, and stay clear of processed foods.