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Are Food Dyes Safe? Food Dye Resource Roundup

By Kristie Turck •  Published 08/21/22 •  3 min read

Last updated on January 4th, 2024 at 11:09 pm

Understanding Food Dyes: Safety, Side Effects, and Valuable Resources

The FDA has deemed food dyes safe for consumption. However many Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of food dyes.

Are Artifical Food Dyes Safe?

First, it is important to understand what food dyes are.  Food dyes are chemicals synthesized from Petroleum. Sounds yummy, right? Further, they are banned in most countries, including the EU.

Many parents are wondering if food dye is hurting their child’s behavior. And it’s not just children. Adults have also come forward stating an increase in aggressive behavior after consuming certain food dyes.

Behavioral issues are not the only side effects caused by food dyes. People have reported symptoms ranging from gut issues to joint pain, and migraines.

The resources below are intended to give you easy access to scientific studies regarding artificial food colors.

There are four main sections with information about artificial food dyes, including:

Can Artificial Food Dyes Cause Health Problems?

If food dyes have recently become a concern, I  encourage you to read Food Dyes A Rainbow of Risks.  I’ve also included a link to a short Ted Talk where a mother walks you through her sons journey with food dyes.

Food Dyes and Behavior

This includes neurological health, like hyperactivity.

Food Dyes and Gut Health.

Gut health can affect every aspect of our overall health, including emotional well-being, for instance, food dyes and behavior.

Marketing Techniques Of Companies Using Food Dyes Targeting Children 

I will be adding more links over time. Please contact me if you know of a study that should be added to the list.

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