Red #40 – A Colorful Killer
Manufacturers use artificial dyes to make our foods look more appealing and fresher. Unfortunately, many of these food dies are very dangerous to our health. Red #40 is one of these harmful food additives; in fact, it’s the most commonly used artificial coloring used in foods. Many people have had adverse reactions to Red #40, and some have even seen severe personality changes and increased hyperactivity in their children.
We’ve already discussed how MSG, BHA and BHT and pesticides are all contributing to what I have coined as the “ADHD phenomenon”. Red #40 is also a big contributor…so, just to sum it up, the food industries are putting these chemicals in our food that are causing our children to become sick, then we have to pay money for the doctors to give us more drugs for our children to take!
Who’s losing out?? WE ARE! Think of all the families that only make enough money to cover their bills each month…how can they afford extra medical payments? The best solution is to stop feeding our kids these terrible chemicals!!
Red #40 causes hyperactivity in children, caused immune-system tumors in animal studies, and has caused many people to have severe allergic reactions ranging from hives and swelling, to anaphylactic shock. Yeah, it really sounds safe, doesn’t it???
On top of all that, Red #40 contains ingredients known to cause cancer. None of the industries want to stop the use of products such as these, because everyone will lose money (the food companies, and the medical field).
It is best to avoid the ingestion of this colorful killer altogether. Any foods that are colored red, pink, purple or orange may contain Red #40; some apples are even injected with it to increase the brightness of the color.
When you read the food labels, look for either “Red #40” or “Red #40 Lake”. The word “lake” afterwards means it was made water soluble by mixing the dye with aluminum hydroxide. This practice is most commonly seen in pills (so the color doesn’t fade) but is in some foods as well.
Let’s take back the power over our kids’ lives and stop eating these terrible chemicals the food industries are trying to kill us with!!!!
Red 40, also known as Allura Red, is a common food dye that is used in many food products. It has been linked to various health issues such as behavioral problems in children, hyperactivity, migraines, and even an increased risk of cancer. Additionally, Red 40 has been found to cause an allergic reaction in some people. It is also believed to contribute to the development of ADHD and other behavioral disorders in children. Furthermore, Red 40 is not derived from natural sources and is made from petroleum-based chemicals, which can be harmful to the environment. The use of Red 40 should be limited as it is not only harmful to health but also to the environment.
Red 40, also known as Allura Red, is a food dye that is commonly used in many food products. When consumed, it can have several adverse effects on the body. It has been linked to behavioral problems in children, hyperactivity, migraines, and an increased risk of cancer. Red 40 can also cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, leading to skin rashes, hives, and even anaphylaxis. Additionally, it can contribute to the development of ADHD and other behavioral disorders in children. Furthermore, Red 40 is made from petroleum-based chemicals and is not derived from natural sources, which can cause harm to the body over time. In conclusion, consuming Red 40 can lead to various health problems and should be limited in the diet.
Red 40 is a widely used food dye that can be found in a variety of food products including:
- Candy and sweets
- Fruit drinks and juices
- Sports drinks
- Ice cream and frozen desserts
- Jams and jellies
- Baked goods and snack foods
- Processed meats
- Sauces and condiments
- Soft drinks
It is important to check the ingredients list of food products to determine if they contain Red 40. Many companies have started offering alternative food options without artificial dyes, so it's worth exploring those options as well.
Yes, Oreos contain Red 40 as one of the ingredients in the filling. Red 40 is a widely used food dye that gives the filling its classic creamy white color. It is important to note that some food dyes have been linked to health concerns, so if you are looking to avoid Red 40, it is recommended to check the ingredient list of the food products you are consuming and opt for alternative options without artificial dyes.
Yes, red dye 40 is one of the ingredients in many flavors of Doritos. It is used to provide color to the chips and enhance the appearance of the product. However, it is important to note that red dye 40 and other food dyes have been linked to various health concerns, so it is always best to check the ingredient list of food products and opt for alternative options without artificial dyes if you are looking to avoid it.
Red 40 and Red 40 Lake are both food coloring agents that are used to provide a red or pinkish tint to food products. However, there is a difference between the two:
Red 40 is a water-soluble food dye that is made from petroleum-based chemicals. It is commonly used in drinks, candies, and other food products.
Red 40 Lake, on the other hand, is an insoluble form of Red 40 that is made by mixing Red 40 with aluminum hydroxide. It is commonly used in baked goods, confectionery, and other food products that require a longer shelf life.
Both Red 40 and Red 40 Lake are commonly used food coloring agents, but Red 40 Lake is often preferred over Red 40 due to its stability and longer shelf life. However, both have been linked to various health concerns and should be consumed in moderation.
There is a move on now in Washington to get the FDA to ban the most flagrant of the synthetic dyes. The group heading the fight is the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)… you can find out more on their site.
Meanwhile, those interested might want to check out a company that has perfect a natural alternative to synthetic dyes. The company is called Suntava and is located in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Go to http://www.suntava.com
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Thanks for the info! Although I think at the end there you meant that the lakes make the dye water-insoluble. Since dyes are I think usually already water soluble, until the aluminium hydroxide makes it insoluble for use in pills, gumballs, etc.
please list the studies, dates, and research facilities that you use to draw our conclusions.
everyone claims it is bad but no one ever actually references ANY study or hard data.
Red #40 has fewer health risks associated with it in comparison to other azo dyes. There is no evidence to support broad claims that food coloring causes food intolerance and ADHD-like behavior in children.(reference: Tomaska LD and Brooke-Taylor, S. Food Additives – General pp 449-454 in Encyclopedia of Food Safety, Vol 2: Hazards and Diseases. Eds, Motarjemi Y et al. Academic Press, 2013. ISBN 9780123786135) It is possible that certain food coloring may act as a trigger in those who are genetically predisposed, but the evidence is weak.
you are incorrect about the solubility the MSDS for FD & C Red #40 Al Lk Solubility in water states: Insoluble in water, (may be slightly soluble in water).
A lake is a solid, non water soluble form of a dye. It’s produced by mixing the dye with Aluminum Hydroxide. By itself Aluminum Hydroxide is a safe food ingredient and it’s often sold as an antacid. When combined with Red Dye #40, the chemicals form a deep red powder that can be applied to the outsides of tablets, gumballs and other solids. You may also notice this form listed in the ingredients as “Red 40 Aluminum Lake”
Most time the problem colorant is yellow 5 NOT Red 40 Al. Lk.
Most of these studies are out of date or can only say there is a possible link or data may have been tainted by other factor not considered (such as if catecholamines, amino acids, fatty acid, or vitamin levels are out of balance; which DO affect behavior more directly and immediately than a little food coloring).
Most time the problem colorant is yellow 5 NOT Red 40 Al. Lk.
can’t help it if your kids are defective.
lot of unsubstantiated information here.
probably won’t have the courage to post a view opposing your nonsense.
Typical American! Always a conspiracy! Paranoia at its best!
Just wanted to clarify “lake” indicates the dye is NOT water soluble. The article states it IS water soluble to prevent pills and such from fading. They use the preferred “lake” form to keep the dye from running when water is introduced.
Regardless these dyes are so unnecessary and really should be banned. It’s insulting that Big Pharma, Nabisco, and the FDA all think we are incapable of accepting food the color of food and pills the color of… Whatever pills would be without poison. It’s in all the dog and cat foods too. Anytime over had to settle for less expensive pet food colored with this crap my kiddos have puked after reading every single time.
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Is this all just conjecture or can you actually explain how Red 40 actually does what you’re claiming? It’s not good enough to just go on the Internet and say that something causes the things you’re claiming without something to support it. If you don’t back a thing up, people can only assume it’s your opinion.
It’s so noisy online. I appreciate your wish to help people, but you’re just making them more confused when you “help them” in this way.
I am studying to become an RD and I was doing some research on artificial flavors and colors. I would like to use the information that you have provided in a presentation that I am doing in a couple of weeks, but it is important that I know what research articles were used while writing this article as well as what your credentials are. Thank you.
Hey, this is kind of inaccurate. First of all, artificial food colorings don’t cause ADHD. That’s just silly. Second, the addition of Aluminum Hydroxide makes the dye INsoluble, which is the opposite of soluble. Basically, it changes the makeup of the dye so it doesn’t wash off in water. Also, in the amounts used by the food industry, Aluminum Hydroxide is completely safe for consumption. It’s actually sold as an antacid in some places.
So these companies are trying to kill us so that we can not continue to buy their products? What?
Really ? Because its in the food still . thanks for trying but remember everyone that dies if they eat it and have a problem its on your own head when God Comes Back. God Bless And Keep Us Safe.
Hi just curious where you get your data? I am a father of 3 girls under 10 and frequently check food labels as my oldest has a tree nut allergy. However I’m concerned because you don’t cite any sources so there is no way to confirm any of your statements. I’m not illuding to your honesty it’s just that I’m an academic and checking sources is an important part of any research project. Could you publish a list of sources so we can see how you drew your conclusions? Thank you.
My goodness, this is terrible. Till now I use to scoff and chuckle when I read, “red #40 lake.”
I would think, “ah, red#39 lake just wasn’t cuttin it huh?”
Then I would go to enjoy the rest of my Doritos chips or skittles candy.
I never bothered doing a web search until The Lord recently prompted me to do so.
Thank you for your work,
This is really scary, I’m only 10 and I was eating some skittles. I looked at the ingredients and saw red 40. I remembered that one of my classmates has a allergy to it so I looked it up. Now that I learned about it its more than just some creepy name on a food label, it’s creepy itself! I feel so scared, I don’t want to get cancer.
I have also noticed I have been acting more strange. I don’t know how to explain. Maybe I have been eating red 40 🙁
We are in France and Bought some imported candy cane bubble gum for my boy. He went mental on it and was climbing the walls. We are so lucky in Europe that most of this rubbish is banned or not tolerated. How can you let thus stuff be sold get heavy with the manufacturers it isn’t necessary and should not be allowed. Needless to say we threw this junk away.
Hi I eat takis and I ate about 3/4 I don’t eat this all the time but well it actually cause cancer? I don’t know if I should finish it!
Hey guys I’m just going to say that red lake #4 is really dangerous… I had A LOT of spicy chips that had that stuff in it and I have had stomach problems ever since… so to sum it up, if you dont want stomach pain 24/7, occasional tremors at night,bowel issues,or decreased athletic ability, DO NOT EAT RED LAKE #40!!!
It’s no wonder so many kids have autism
Lake means it’s not water soluble. You should also provide sources where you got your information from.
Yeah…. none of this is true. Have any actual data to back this up?
Kudos for trying to get this message out there. There is plenty of research to back this up. This site has some good info as well: http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-red-dye-40-toxic
I feel like you’re one of those people who thinks vaccines cause autism. Tell me if I’m wrong.
Would you call peanut butter a killer because some people are terribly allergic to it?
Let’s see the research for claims like these.
Also, don’t you think eating a lot of spicy chips might upset your stomach regardless of the coloring used? Hmmmm
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The FDA has not banned this dye, so where are you getting your resources from. One study with rats? It is on the list of dyes that requires certification but not banned for health risks…..
food dye is cancerous not just to rats
well hey im just saying i eat it lots of people do and they are perfectly ien mabey your kids have an dallegy to it ok most these blogs are the parents that check every little thing soccor moms yoga pants moms like jeez
You are one of those homeopathic type people arnt you that believes estinal oils solves everything and stuff like that you probably shop at sprouts or whole foods and shove lettuce down your kids throats i mean really just chill a bit you have no evidence and and nothing to back this up just your mom blogs so just chill lady
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Well get your kids vaccinated hipster
I never eat red 40 it really really bad for you my grandma died from cancer from that
I have ADD and let me tell you first hand ADD and ADHD are genetic, not caused by some silly food dye. Actually research this kind of stuff instead of just saying something that makes next to no sense.
Food dyes cause cancer, tv’s emit radiation, fast food has added chemicals to cause addiction, and of course cell phones scramble our brain waves. We are ALL screwed I guess. Might as well enjoy it before it all destroys us. Trump sucks Antichrist
Everyone who is commenting that this is not true, you have obviously not done your research. You can google this information yourselves and find that this dye along with many other dyes have been banned in other countries because of their harmful effects. She isn’t making this stuff up! The US is a twisted money hungry country and will do anything to keep the money coming in. Do your research people!
Please contact me at the email provided, I am very interested in exposing more people to the harmful effects of red dye, and all dyes! I see my 6 year old daughter turn into a different kid when she has it(totally raged out), as well as thousands of other parents. Lets make a documentary!! 🙂
I ate Red Dye extract because of a dare and now I have autism. Is your joke still funny ??
Leave it to me to find out that my favorite candy is trying to kill me. I have Lupus and I am sensitive to a lot of foods. About 4 weeks ago, I started eating sweet tarts every night for a snack. About a week after I started having an itchy scalp and I have changed shampoos and put on anti itch creams, etc. now, my entire body is itchy and I have a rash all over. I didn’t think about the candy until my husband said maybe it was my sweettarts. So, I thought I would research the ingredients. So now, I guess no more sweettarts for me! If I kept it up and continued to eat them, I probably would be on steroids and still wouldn’t know what was going on!!!
Years ago while traveling for work I commonly purchased those round melt in your mouth not in your hand favorites, just a comfort food at night. The following day I would get rashes on my arms. I thought originally it was the hotel until I realized that it happened in all hotels. The only coincidence was the candy I was eating at hotels which was the only time I would eat it.
I started doing research (which can be found all over the web and it’s not all bias) and some very compelling side effect reports and symptoms shared in common with mine were discovered. I have completely cut food coloring out of my diet and have not suffered from these same symptoms since. On occasion, dinner party’s or not my choice of cooking when food coloring is ingested I will get rashes or even worse symptoms like my lymph node glands becoming inflamed or sore. You are what you eat…. It’s true.
ADHD…. that used to be my 3 yo. after a sleep over at grandmas and all the choice colored candy and potato chips, blah blah junk food. MAJOR effect or should I say Defect. Not the same kid until she gets some good nutrition back in her system. Since “nana” was privy to exposure of side effects things have been way different since changing the menu for the weekend. Candy without the dye is no problem eat a full bag, it doesn’t matter.
Don’t even get me started on vaccinations……. mutations, mutations, mutations. The writing is on the wall. You got to WANT to see it.
Red 40 was part of a study by the UK FSA (equivalent to the FDA) that only found a POSSIBLE link between it and increased hyperactivity in children. It was overall inconclusive due to study limitations and the FSA advisory committee stated that it could not be extrapolated to the general population. In 2009 the EFSA reevaluated the data: “the available scientific evidence does not substantiate a link between the color additives and behavioral effects”
The article I read on Red 40 also makes no mention of it causing cancer.
As much as your concern for safety is appreciated, please base it on actual facts instead of scaremongering. This information wasn’t even hard to find, it took under a minute to find using google.
“aluminum hydroxide” good or bad
My 6 year old son reacts poorly to foods with Red 40, Lake or otherwise. I don’t have any medical research to back this up, just personal testimonyand trial and error. We suspected ADHD so took him to his pediatrician to confirm and also to a neurologist who scanned his brain and confirmed ADHD from brainwave signatures. While the RED chemicals may not cause ADHD/ADD, they certainly trigger it and our child becomes severely beligerant and aggressive and it lasts for several hours and sometimes into the next day. When the storm finally passes, he has no recollection of his behaviors. We’re doing everything we can to out an eagle eye on what he is eating, however sometimes a fruit snack or popsicle sneaks through and whoa be to the person that gets in his way within an hour of eating items with RED 40 in it. For those of you who are naysayers and think there is no link between the RED dyes and behaviors, all I can say is you’re ignorant and you should really take some stock in the first hand testimony of a parent who watches their child go from nice to nasty in a matter of minutes because of what they have eaten. Realize that as a parent of a child that has this affliction, we’ve tried just about everything we can think of to find the root of the undesired behaviors, and dissecting his food is one of those steps in the process that seems to get some answers.
Do not consume anything with aluminum in it. The other factors at play with these unnecessary dyes is a second issue, but as soon as aluminum is involved, do not consume it. Do not listen to anyone who says something is not harmful in small amounts. By what measure? Your apathy and irresponsibility? Someone’s corporate lobbyist agenda? Someone’s old granny’s advice from 70 years ago who was never informed about the nature of this issue? Accumulating damage from something like aluminum is real and to be avoided. Aluminum is NOT a nutrient, causes many cellular-level problems and which the body has an extremely difficult time getting rid of. Do not let your children consume any of these compounds. Do not use aluminum pots, frying pans, storage cans/jars or utensils in the kitchen.
To the guy who states he’s an academic, and then says he’s not “Illuding” to her honesty…well isn’t that special. Here’s the bottom line folks…STOP EATING AND FEEDING DYED CRAP FOOD TO YOUR KIDS! PERIOD. ARE YOU SO STUPID AND ARE YOUR KIDS SO STUPID THAT YOU CAN’T EATR FOOD UNLESS IT’S ARTIFICIALLY COLORED!?