Written on April 6, 2011 – 3:20 pm | by EBB Team
Previously staunch defendants of artificial food colorings, last week the FDA asked a panel of experts to re-examine possible links between these dyes and behavior or health disorders. This announcement comes after an increasing number of studies suggest that there is a link between artificial dyes and behavioral changes in some children. While most children are unaffected by these additives, those with behavioral problems might experience a worsening of their conditions, especially when it comes to hyperactivity.
In 2009, following studies linking these artificial dyes to hyperactivity, the British government now requires foods containing 6 dyes to carry a warning label that consumption of these foods “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” To avoid this, many European food makers replaced these dyes, including Red #40 and Yellow #6, with natural dyes derived from fruits and vegetables.
One American company, Frito-Lay, is already making a change and has decided to eliminate artificial colors and flavors in more than 60 of its snacks, substituting the artificial dye red #40 with beet juice and carrots. And some chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have taken a strong stand against these additives and refuse to sell foods containing artificial colorings.
How do you think the FDA will respond? Do you stay away from products containing any artificial dyes?