The Dangers of Artificial Food Coloring, From Candy to Orange Peels [INFOGRAPHIC]


Food coloring is a tactic the food industry has utilized for decades. From those marshmallows floating in your bowl of milk to brightly colored oranges, even the most common household foods contain ingredients such as Red #40 (the most widely consumed artificial dye) and Yellow #5.

However, the dangers of artificial dyes are often an issue in food safety, with many claiming them to be toxic and a factor to the rise of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in recent years. Curiously enough, many natural colors previously used to color food contained toxins such as mercury, and at the turn of the 20th century, companies began to create synthetic solutions to replace harmful natural dyes.

Unfortunately, these new artificial dyes came with their own set of issues. Colors to Die For breaks down the most common artificial dyes, featuring which countries ban them, which foods they’re found in, and their accompanying health concerns.

Take a peek at the illuminating infographic below.




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By Charisma Madarang

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

4 replies on “The Dangers of Artificial Food Coloring, From Candy to Orange Peels [INFOGRAPHIC]”

It would be impossible to list the brands that use these, as they are in everything from children’s vitamins to hot dogs to chocolate syrup to jarred pickles. Even most white marshmallows have blue #1 in them to make them look “whiter.” In the U.S. you need to look at ingredients and look for the numbers like “red #40.” Unless a product is labeled organic or all natural, you’ll probably find one or more of these food colorings in almost anything you buy off a store shelf.

I have been trying to stay on top of healthy foods and good eating habits for years, but they keep changing the script. I keep getting plenty of exercise, proper diet, and rest. That is the best I can do…the earth is constantly being polluted and I cant keep up….that is my story on health.

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