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Warning: Food Dyes Pose Liver-Related Risks

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. February 27, 2015

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People with liver concerns should NOT consume these three food dyes.
Warning: Food Dyes Pose Liver-Related Risks

Impact of Food Color on the Liver

Don’t depend on the FDA for your safety. Know which synthetic food dyes may be harmful to your liver.

Many of today’s food and beverages represent a striking color of the rainbow, raising their aesthetic appeal. Frequently, manufacturers resort to color additives to achieve the desired, appetizing hue. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with overseeing the safety and appropriate use of food color additives, but may fall short in protecting the long term wellness of those with a challenged liver.

A color additive is any dye, pigment or other substance that can impart color to a food, drug or cosmetic to the human body. Food color additives can be natural or synthetic. Despite the variety of natural options (beet juice, turmeric, hibiscus flower, chlorophyll, blueberry juice, red cabbage extract, etc.), 95 percent of the food dyes used today are synthetic because they are produced easily, cheaper and provide better and longer lasting coloration.

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