Avoid 100 Dangerous Food Additives Causing ADHD, Asthma and Cancer

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Food industry additives and colors are one major cause of ADHD, asthma and cancer creating a toxic environment for our children’s health. Even medicines for babies and young children frequently contain these additives banned from foods and drinks and targeted at children under three years of age.

Artificial flavors and colors means it is derived from a chemical made in a laboratory and has no nutritional value. Every single artificial flavor and color in the food industry has some kind of detrimental health effect. These include neurotoxicity, organ, developmental, reproductive toxicity, allergies and cancer.

Two recent British studies found that several food dyes, as well as the common preservative sodium benzoate have an adverse effect on some children’s behavior. Researchers said the increase in ADHD diagnoses could be partly to blame on the preservative.

“It can affect their focus, their concentration. They become more easily distractible, become more impulsive. I think we’re looking at a whole population of kids with skewed immune systems,” said Dr. Kenneth Bock, who wrote a book that supports the theory that food additives could lead to hyperactivity in children.

A Southampton Study in the UK showed that additives cause hyperactivity in children within an hour after consumption. Food additives, especially the artificial colors are made from coal tar derivatives and synthetic chemicals. Within an hour of ingestion, hyperactive behavior is evident.

Cancer and Other Serious Risks from Food Dyes Revealed

Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

In CSPI’s summary of studies on food dyes, you can see that some of the most commonly used food dyes may be linked to numerous forms of cancer. CSPI reported:

“The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens …Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.”

In their 58-page report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks,” CSPI revealed that nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the United States are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.

For instance, Red # 40, which is the most widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice, while also triggering hyperactivity in children.

Blue #2, used in candies, beverages, pet foods and more, was linked to brain tumors. And Yellow 5, used in baked goods, candies, cereal and more, may not only be contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals, but it’s also linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in children.

  • As CSPI reported:

    “Almost all the toxicological studies on dyes were commissioned, conducted, and analyzed by the chemical industry and academic consultants. Ideally, dyes (and other regulated chemicals) would be tested by independent researchers.

    Furthermore, virtually all the studies tested individual dyes, whereas many foods and diets contain mixtures of dyes (and other ingredients) that might lead to additive or synergistic effects.

    In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes (and Yellow 5 tested alone) cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.

    …Because of those toxicological considerations, including carcinogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions, and behavioral effects, food dyes cannot be considered safe. The FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect, though quirks in the law make it difficult to do so (the law should be amended to make it no more difficult to ban food colorings than other food additives).

    In the meantime, companies voluntarily should replace dyes with safer, natural colorings.”

    Artificial preservatives are responsible for causing a host of health problems pertaining to respiratory tract, heart, blood and other. Some are very neurotoxic especially when combined with specific nutrients.

    Please look at the ingredient lists before you purchase any processed foods. If you see any of these, don’t buy the product. Continue to educate yourself on the influx of new toxins introduced every year. Eventually, if we investigate enough the answers come. Rule of thumb, if the ingredient list has one chemical or more… it’s one too many.


    Additive Number
    Name of Food AdditiveADHDAsthmaCancer
    FD&C Yellow No. 5
    102 & E102
    Tartrazine (food color)
    104 & E104Quinoline Yellow (food color)
    107 & E107Yellow 2G (food color)
    FD&C Yellow No. 6
    110 & E110
    Sunset Yellow (Yellow food color #6)
    120 & E120Carmines, Cochineal (food color)
    122 & E122Azorubine, Carmoisine (food color)
    123 & E123Amaranth (Red food color #2)
    124 & E124Ponceau, Brilliant Scarlet (food color)
    FD&C Red No. 3
    127 & E127
    Erythrosine (Red food color #2)
    E128Red 2G (Red food color)
    FD&C Red No. 40
    129 & E129
    Allura Red AC (food color)
    E131Patent Blue (food color)
    FD&C Blue No. 2
    132 & E132
    Indigotine, Indigo Carmine (food color)
    FD&C Blue No. 1
    133 & E133
    Brilliant Blue (food color)
    142 & E142Acid Brilliant Green, Green S, Food Green (food color)
    143Fast Green (food color)
    150 & E150Caramel (food color)
    151 & E151Activated Vegetable Carbons, Brilliant Black (food color)
    154Food Brown, Kipper Brown, Brown FK (food color)
    155 & E155Chocolate Brown HT, Brown HT (food color)
    160b & E160bBixin, Norbixin, Annatto Extracts (yellow, red to brown natural colors)
    E171Titanium Dioxide, TiO2 (to give foods an opaque color)
    more on Titanium Dioxide in comments below ↴
    E173Aluminium (preservatives)
    E180Latol Rubine, Pigment Rubine (preservatives)
    200 &
    Potassium & Calcium Sorbates ,Sorbic Acid (preservatives)
    210 & E210Benzoic Acid (preservatives)
    211 & E211Sodium Benzoate (preservatives)
    212 & E212Potassium Benzoate (preservatives)
    213 & E213Calcium Benzoate (preservatives)
    E214Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives)
    E215Sodium Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives)
    216 & E216Propyl P Hydroxybenzonate, Propylparaben (preservatives)
    E217Sodium Propyl P Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives)
    220 & E220Sulphur Dioxide also Sulfur dioxide (preservatives)
    221 & E221Sodium Sulfite or Sodium Sulphite (preservatives)
    222Sodium Bisulfite or Sodium Bisulphite (preservatives)
    223 & E223Sodium Metabisulfite or Sodium Metabisulphite (preservatives)
    224 & E224Potassium Metabisulphite or Potassium Metabisulfite (preservatives)
    225 & E225Potassium Sulfite or Potassium Sulphite (preservatives)
    E226Calcium Sulfite or Calcium Sulphite (preservatives)
    E227Calcium Hydrogen Sulphite or Calcium Hydrogen Sulfite (preservatives)
    E228Potassium Bisulfite, Potassium Hydrogen Sulfite or Potassium Bisulphite, Potassium Hydrogen Sulphite (preservatives)
    E230Diphenyl, Biphenyl (preservatives)
    E231Orthophenyl Phenol (preservatives)
    E236Formic Acid (preservative)
    E239Hexamine, Hexamethylene Tetramine (preservatives)
    249 & E249Potassium Nitrate (preservative)
    250 & E250Sodium Nitrite (preservative)
    251 & E251Sodium Nitrate (preservative)
    252 & E252Potassium Nitrate (preservative)
    260 & E260Acetic Acid, Glacial (preservatives)
    280 to 283Calcium or Potassium or Sodium Propionates, Propionic Acid (preservatives)
    310 & E310Propyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant)
    311 & E311Octyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant)
    312 & E312Dodecyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant)
    319 & E319TBHQ, Tert Butylhydroquinone (Synthetic Antioxidants)
    320 & E320Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) (Synthetic Antioxidants)
    321 & E321Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or Butylhydroxytoluene (Synthetic Antioxidants)
    330 & E330Citric Acid (NOT DANGEROUS if naturally occurring e330 & 330 citric acid additive – but other can contain sulfites and mold.)
    407 & E407Carrageenan (Thickening & Stabilizing Agent)
    413 & E413Tragacanth (thickener & Emulsifier)
    414 & E414Acacia Gum (Food Stabilizer)
    416Karaya Gum (Laxative, Food Thickener & Emulsifier)
    421 & E421Mannitol (Artificial Sweetener)
    430Polyxyethylene Stearate (Emulsifier)
    431Polyxyl Stearate (Emulsifier)
    E432 – E435Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monostearate (Emulsifiers Gelling Stabilisers Thickeners Agents)
    433 – 436Polysorbate (Emulsifiers)
    441 & E441Gelatine (Food Gelling Agent)
    466Sodium CarboxyMethyl Cellulose
    507 & E507Hydrochloric Acid (Hydrolyzing Enhancer & Gelatin Production)
    518 & E518Magnesium Sulphate (Tofu Coagulant)
    536 & E536Potassium Ferrocyanide (Anti Caking Agent)
    553 & E553 & E553bTalc (Anti Caking, Filling, Softener, Agent)
    620 – 625MSG Monosodium Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, all Glutamates (Flavour Enhancers)
    627 & E627Disodium Guanylate (Flavour Enhancers)
    631 & E631Disodium Inosinate 5 (Flavour Enhancers)
    635 & E635Disodium Ribonucleotides 5 (Flavour Enhancers)
    903 & E903Camauba Wax (used in Chewing Gums, Coating and Glazing Agents)
    905 & 905 a,b,cParaffin and Vaseline, White Mineral Oil (Solvents, Coating and Glazing, Anti Foaming Agents, Lubricant in Chewing Gums)
    924 & E924Potassium Bromate (Agent used in Bleaching Flour)
    925 & E925Chlorine (Agent used in Bleaching Flour, Bread Enhancer and Stabiliser)
    926Chlorine Dioxide (Bleaching Flour and Preservative Agent)
    928 & E928Benzoyl Peroxide (Bleaching Flour and Bread enhancer Agent)
    950 & E950Potassium Acesulphame (Sweetener)
    951Aspartame (Sweetener)
    952 & E952Cyclamate and Cyclamic Acid (Sweeteners)
    954 & E954Saccharine (Sweetener)
    1202 & E1202Insoluble Polyvinylpyrrolidone Insoluble (Stabiliser and Clarifying Agent added to Wine, Beer, Pharmaceuticals)
    1403Bleached Starch (Thickener and Stabiliser)

    About the Author

    Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.


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