We all know that food coloring pervades our grocery store culture, but it’s harmless, right? That assumption may not be entirely correct. Artificial dyes give us the intense and appetizing hues of packaged products, but they can also cause cancer and neurological problems according to a study by a non-profit consumer watchdog organization called the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Previous reports had demonstrated that such food dyes cause hyperactivity in children, but CSPI’s went so far as to show that three of the most commonly used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, contain cancer causing compounds.
To learn more about the potential risks of artificial food coloring check out Fooducate’s blog post on CSPI’s report here.