Friday, October 26, 2012

FD&C Red 40 (a food coloring with negative side effects on many children)

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FD&C Red 40: What is Red 40: A petrochemical. A highly processed, petroleum based chemical used to color foods to make them more visually appetizing. It goes by several names including: Allura Red, Food Red 17, C.I. 16035, FD&C Red 40. It is banned and/or being phased out in much of Europe due to concerns over health effects. link to BBC News Article link to CNN article 2010 Its full name is: 6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid What effect is Red 40 thought to have on some people? One British study found it increased hyperactivity and decreased IQ! Link to studies on food dyes A suggestion of how to find out if your child is affected by Red 40: “Let me suggest a test, though. Because your son is young and his diet is somewhat controllable, you might try to eliminate red dye for four weeks. (Make sure his diet remains complete and healthy.) Take a video before and after the diet test – at the same time of day, doing the same activity – and see if there is any change. If an objective observer can watch the tapes and see a difference, you may want to eliminate red dye permanently. But check with your doctor before making any significant long-term adjustments to your son’s diet. “ Paediatrician Diane Sacks spent 20 years at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and is currently on staff at North York General Hospital. Copied on 7-7-10 from: http://www.todaysparent.com/toddler/article.jsp?content=684&page=1 Suggestions for elimination of Red 40: Read labels diligently Found in red, orange, yellow, brown, “golden” colored foods. Found in most processed foods as well as candies, gum, juice/soda, cereal, yogurt, many “kid friendly” snack foods. Also so found in many medications to make them look more appealing. Link to lists of common foods containing Red 40

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