Valentine's Day Candy
- Monday, 13 February 2012
Red is the Color of Valentine’s Day …and much of the candy that goes with it. The dyes – whether artificial or natural – that produce red pigments such as those used in candy, and especially Valentine’s Day candy, are linked with allergies and worse. Watch out for these ingredients in particular:
FD&C Red No. 40 – Allura Red AC1, E129 (red shade). Made mostly from petroleum, this dye can cause allergy-like reactionsIand hasbeen linked to hyperactivity in children.2 It’s also a potential carcinogen.
FD&C Red No. 3 – Erythrosine3. Exposure to high dosesof this dyehasbeen shown to cause cancer in lab animals.4
Carmine, a crimson-red color made from the scales of the cochineal insect, has been linked with allergic reactions.
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1CSPI, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks. Accessed viacspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf
2Huxsahl, John E. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children. 2010. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adhd/AN01721
3CSPI, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks. Accessed viacspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf
4F.D.A Limits Red Dye No. 3. The New York Times. 1990. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1990/01/30/science/fda-limits-red-dye-no-3.html