Artificial Colorings in our food and its Affects on Children


(CNN) — “What gives M&Ms their bright colors? That depends on which country you’re in. Mars Inc. primarily uses artificial food coloring for the candy in the United States, but M&Ms derive their candy coloring from natural sources in Europe.”  . . .

European lawmakers moved to require warning labels on foods containing certain artificial colorings after a 2007 study found a slight increase in hyperactivity among children consuming a mixture of the dyes and a preservative.  The required label reads: “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”  The move came despite the European Food Safety Authority’s conclusion that the UK study “provides limited evidence” and “cannot be used as a basis for altering the (accepted daily intake) of the respective food (colors).”  Instead of adding the warning, most manufacturers voluntarily switched to dyes derived from natural sources, such as beets or annatto for red, carrots for orange and saffron for yellow.  In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has declined to implement tougher regulations but acknowledged that “certain susceptible children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other problem behaviors” may have their condition “exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives.”

Doreen’s commentary:   It truly upsets me that food manufacturers are allowed to put things in our food that other countries will not allow.  When I food shop, I am very careful to not select food with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Who really knows what it does to our bodies and our health?  For the rest of this article please see

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