Food Dye

What is food dye?

Food dyes are chemical substances that were developed to enhance the appearance of food by giving it artifical colour.

What is it found in?

Food dye is found in lots of different foods and drinks. Some foods that include food dye are salmon, pickles, yogurt, protein bars, oatmeal, salad dressing, cereal, popcorn, maple syrup, peanut butter, jerky, gravy, soup, and canned fruit. Food dye is also in a lot of other things such as candy and drinks.

What are some types of food dyes?

Some different types of food dye are blue #1 (brilliant blue), blue #2 (indigo carmine), citrus red #2, red #3 (Erythrosine), red #40 (allura red), yellow #5 (tartrazine), and yellow #6 (yellow).

What are some harmful effects?

Some harmful effects of food dye are cancer, chronic disease, tumors, hyperactivity, and ADHD.

How is it made?

Food dye is made in a lab with chemicals. It contains petroleum, phosphoric acid, water, and sodium benzoate.

Where is it banned?

Food dye was almost banned in Norway but it is banned in Europe.

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