Food colors to Avoid – Food Colors and Health

There are many food colors to avoid if we want to protect our health. These days, we eat too many processed foods that are full of food colors, and health depends on not having too many toxins in our body. Sadly, many food colors are toxic, even natural food colors can be toxic. Because of this, food colors and health do not go hand in hand.

But why mention this on a weight loss blog? Because when there are toxins in our system we can’t dispose of, they get stored… IN FAT CELLS. Our body creates fat cells to store these toxins in order to protect us. If you want to lose weight you need to reduce the amount of toxins you consume in food colors, and health will then improve. A good way to help detox your body is by drinking at least 8 glasses (3 pints or 2 liters) of water per day.

Recent research shows that food colors found in soda, fruit juice and even salad dressings can cause behavior issues in children and even lower their IQ. Other food colors are linked to cancer in animal studies. Watch out for these food colors to avoid:

Food Colors to Avoid:

Food colors to avoid

But why are these food colors to avoid? What makes these food colors and health clash?

food colors to avoid - food colors and health chart of side effects

E102, E110, E127 and E133 may also enable genetic sharing of the cancer through chromosome damage. E127 and E133 may also interfere with brain nerve transmission and damage nerve cells.

Even some ‘natural’ food colors are unsafe.

E160b (Annatto) causes irritability, sleeplessness, rest disturbance, stomach ache, headaches, allergies, asthma, rashes, hyperactivity, atrial fibrulation, hives and anaphylactic shock.

A 1978 study of 61 patients with chronic hives (urticaria) and/or angioedema (a swelling similar to hives but occurs under the skin rather than on). Each patient was given a dose equal to the amount in 25 grams (0.88 oz) of butter and 26% of patients had a reaction within four hours.

When it comes to children, trials have shown that cutting these out of their diets results in less arguments, aggression and less nightmares. Even children noticed the difference.

Feel free to print out the image on this page to use as a shopping guide but please note to look for just the numbers as packets do not always include the ‘E’ before the number

This post is part of our Food Additives to Avoid series.

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