New research by Purdue University scientists, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, reports on the dye content of scores of breakfast cereals, candies, baked goods, and other foods. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, higher than the levels demonstrated in some clinical trials to impair some children’s behavior.
Back in 1976, Red Dye #2 was banned from the use of food after being discovered to be carcinogenic.
When the dye was reintroduced into food products in 1983, M&M jumped right back into its use. Today most people don’t know the dye’s history.
Blue Dye #1: linked to malignant tumor growth in rat studies as well as low blood pressure problems, hives, asthma, and allergic reactions
Blue Dye #2: linked to tumor growth, abnormal cell development, and hyperactivity in children
Red Dye #40: linked to cancer, DNA damage, swelling around the mouth, hives, and hyperactivity
Yellow Dye #5: a common food allergy, as well as potential links to cancer and behavioral problems
Yellow Dye #6: linked to diarrhea, vomiting, migraines, allergic reactions, hyperactivity and cancer
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