The Side Effects of Tartrazine

Certain food additives are dangerous to our children, but who would have thought that the dyes used would be dangerous? I grew up using food coloring in frosting, decorating cookies and cakes…I don’t even know what else my mother used it on. So the fact that artificial coloring is so dangerous to our health was a surprise.

Of course the food coloring that we all grew up using isn’t the same thing as the artificial colors used in processed foods. Tartrazine, also known as FD&C Yellow #5 or E102, is one of these artificial coloring additives. This is one we don’t want to give to our kids, so avoid it like it’s the plague!

Tartrazine doesn’t even sound appetizing when you learn what it’s made from! As with most artificial colors, it is manufactured from coal tar; hmmmmm, yummy! BLECH!

I keep mentioning the fact that ADHD is not a disease, it’s merely caused by a poor diet loaded with all kinds of nasty, dangerous additives. I’ve told you how pesticides, MSG, BHA & BHT and refined sugar are all contributing to the fact that our children are hyperactive. Well, guess what? Now there’s another additive causing hyperactivity in our children: Tartrazine.

Sadly, this isn’t the only side effect that FD&C Yellow #5 has…it has also been linked to asthma, migraines, thyroid cancer, anxiety, clinical depression, blurred vision, purple spots on your skin and unexplainable itchy skin.

Do I really have to tell you WHY it’s used when the food industries are aware of its side effects? OK…I will…Tartrazine is still used because it’s cheap. Beta Carotene could be used to achieve the same color results as Tartrazine, but it’s more expensive. Bottom line: as with all other harmful food additives, the food industry continues to use this harmful artificial coloring because it is CHEAP.

Tartrazine is found in a LOT of products…cereals, desserts, snack foods, shampoos and even cosmetics can all contain this harmful colorant. All you have to do is check the labels before you buy!

While checking the labels of everything at the grocery store may seem like a pain in the ass, think about how much of a pain in the ass it would be if your child were to end up sick and in the hospital…or, if you have a child that has “diagnosed” with ADHD, think about how nice it would be to have a less hyperactive child.


  1. Roxane on July 16, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I never knew that it was so dangerous, and here i was eating M&M’s and Zillions that contains Tartrazine. I have 2 hyperactive kids,one is very lazy when it comes to doing something other than play , and the other brilliant in school, but cant sit still.
    I will definitely look at the food i buy from now on.

    Roxane (SA)

  2. Christina Grover on November 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Tartrazine is known to cause add/adhd and then the medications they want us to give our children also use the food colorant tartrazine. Reading brought tears to my eyes. The government that is suppose to protect us is only protecting big money companies. It’s an endless cycle of greed.

  3. DMAN on November 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Proof? Or are you just a bandwagon/talker?

  4. nelly on January 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    so it only affects kids only or all ages.

  5. Peggy Phillips on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

    It should be made illegal to use this colourant and many others such as Carmoisine, Quinoline Yellow, Ponceau red etc. It is criminal to add it to food and even more criminal to add it to medications – which is another of its uses. Azo dyes are made from coal tar and are not meant for ingestion by any means.

  6. Jodi on February 11, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hello:) when my daughter was very young she would go from being a ray of sunshine to these explosive emotional fits! It took several years before I realized the connection between these fits and food! When she was 4 yrs old, she once piled up all of her “Frozen” toys and clothes and said she didn’t like anything her mommy ever got her. By 4 1/2 she went through a fit where she decided she “couldn’t live in her house” so she was going to run away but was upset because “the pumpkins were taking up to much room on the front porch, so how could she live there too?” This is a really sweet little girl, until she’s not, and then watch out! Needless to say, between 4 and 4 1/2 I began connecting the dots between her food and her personality changes! YELLOW DYE was the problem!!! Today, at 6 yrs old, she refuses to eat anything that might have Yellow in it! She reminds me to double check labels, it’s must REALLY make her feel bad because she passes up all kinds of treats at Kindergarten (on her own) if she thinks they might have Yellow! She has even “debated” with her teacher who often insists something is Yellow free!

    Thanks for your article, I wasn’t familiar with the deeper health issues related to these dyes but it doesn’t surprise me one bit!! I’m am SOOO glad to see so much info on food dyes, sometimes people think I’m the crazy mom making up reasons for my kids meltdowns! The truth is, I know her happy, sad, angry, tired and “yellow” moods!! It is literally a MOOD!!

    P.S. did you know that Dominos Pizza has Yellow in the seasoned butter they brush on their crust? Took awhile to find THAT info online! They all bury the ingredients so deep somehow?!?!

  7. Makhosazana on February 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    most product that have tartrazine are cheap .. let us stop killing our children.

  8. Nolundi on February 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I strongly believe Tartrazine colourant shuold be totally banned because most people are not aware of what they eat can contain dangers to human health. Most people are uneducated enough to be exposed to such danders and even the educated ones are ignorant to take note of the ingredients contained by the food they eat. Tartrazine free foods can be expensive as a results that low income people can not afford to buy it and eat healthy. the producers should clear their conscious and start considering people’s lives instead of profit. This is killing our peole, the future generation to contribute to the countries economy.

  9. Ruwo Tawanda on March 3, 2016 at 6:08 am

    thnx hw would i hev knwn
    I really appreciate yo concern fo enlightng th world

  10. David on March 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    one thing that contains tartrazine is….” Hawkins Cheezies” I used to really like them.

  11. Ric Peca on March 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I just purchased 8 boxes of Kraft Dinner because they advertise on TV that they changed their ingredients to “natural” products. All of the boxes I purchased have tartrazine in them, this is nothing short of fraud.

  12. Jake Hilton on March 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I am addicted to Hawkins Cheesies. Thanks to the information I am no longer addicted.

  13. david n laibe on April 2, 2016 at 4:31 am

    I associate this, and its cousins, with diorreah and recxtal bleeding,
    Usually of 23/36 hours duration; on one occation of 2 weeks duration.

    I avoid ‘fruit drinks’ (under UK regulations) but occasionally get caught
    with preserved meat / fish products.which have undisclosed additives.

  14. Luke on April 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Wow! I did not no it was bad! I been eating the candy called pop rocks. It made my stomach hurt & was full of gas so I googled tartrazion & it blew my mind how bad it is for the body.

  15. Sheikh Ahmad Oyan on April 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    God Bless u (amen)

  16. Molise on May 25, 2016 at 5:27 am


  17. Daniel on June 5, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I have recently turned angry advocate when I drank the remaining 1/8 bottle of red food coloring on behalf of my 6 year old son. Same stuff you add to your cakes and frosting. I suspected behavioral issues related to dye. I dribbled the remainder into a glass of water and drank it. It was very red; more than a serving, but I had been researching neuroscience and toxicity for nearly two years, and I wanted to know what would happen.

    within 30 minutes I was pacing the room, with an accelerated heart rate and a furious sense of despondent depression, anger and rage. I wanted to punch the cat; I felt like a boxer bouncing in the ring before a fight. This does not describe me. Fortunately, I am a very smart and capable researcher, I knew what was happening, and I recorded the findings. It wore off in 3 hours.

    For all of our appeal to take toxins out of food, and the blind and baffling insistence that they are safe to eat, and safe for our kids, I can shut down any argument by challenging my opponent to drink a bottle of that “safe” substance. Works every time. Guaranteed worst night of their life.

    Keep up the fight. Sometimes the right argument can turn the public opinion once and for all. I’ve done my part, but for all those naysayers, I say bottoms up; have a drink for your kids and prepare to have your opinion changed once and for all.

  18. Ali on June 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for the advice. I found this ingredient in a popular biscuit in Pakistan called “Sooper egg and milk cookies by Peak Freans” nothing sooper about them.

  19. Priscilla Soliz on June 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you, so helpful. I couldn’t understand why I am feeling anxious until I looked at the ingredients in a sauce I’ve used before. It seems they’ve added FD&C Yellow #5. Guess I won’t be using this anymore.

  20. jocelyn on June 19, 2016 at 5:20 am

    So what shall we do with this product,why our food and drugs adm will not concern this product or the factory?

  21. Marc on July 18, 2016 at 1:59 am

    correlation does not imply causation

  22. Jake bog on July 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Right when I was gonna make some KD… guess that’s not happening again

  23. Petrina on January 16, 2017 at 7:04 am

    i am glad that one of my niece is doing pharmacist and just this holiday that she told me about tartrazine and how dangerous is…this is killing our nation without knowing it.

  24. Mikayla on February 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Your a fucking dumb ass for thinking ADHD isn’t a disorder, your born with it.. you can’t get it from food ?

  25. Huh? on February 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Uhhhh, ADHD is not a disease and it’s caused by a poor diet loaded with additives? The only thing correct in that statement is that it’s not a disease. It’s a disorder.
    Someone very dear to me has it and eats nothing but whole, healthy foods and a balanced diet. Stop spreading misinformation.

  26. Chizurum on February 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I just decided to look trough the ingredients on my favorite noodles and BAM! i see tartrazine. Wondering what that is i check online and this has been so helpful. i’m so scared how much of this i’ve consumed.

  27. B on March 1, 2017 at 3:46 am

    “Think about how nice it would be to have a less hyperactive child” I know children really drains your energy sometimes but your child having a mental disorder/ ‘side effect’ shouldnt be a burden to you. You are the parent, its your job to take care of them, not complain because you signed up for a child.

  28. mag on March 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    bbbadddd stufff

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