How are food dyes affecting your child’s life might you ask???? DRASTICALLY! Many parents with children that have special needs or mood disorders notice a huge change in their behavior when they remove the food dyes from their diet.  American’s are eating 5 times more food dye now, than in 1955.  Many of the food dyes that we use here in the United States have been banned in other countries for the dangers they pose to the human body.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban the use of these dyes, but have been unsuccessful in their attempt. The British government and the European Union have taken actions that are virtually ending the use of most food dyes throughout Europe. It is estimated that over half a million children suffer adverse effects from synthetic dyes. They have no health or nutritional benefit. The dyes come from chemicals and are made synthetically.


Let’s get right to the dyes:


Red #3- Has been shown to cause thyroid tumors and possible neurochemical and behavioral effects.  It also causes chromosomal damage.  FDA tried to ban but failed in 1990. 


Red #40- Has been shown to cause tumors in rats, suspected to cause hyperactivity in children and causes allergies. 


Blue #1- Has been shown to causes chromosomal damage and is banned in France and Finland. 


Blue #2- Has been shown to causes brain tumors and is banned in Norway. 


Green #3- Has been shown to causes bladder tumors and is banned across Europe. 


Yellow #5- Has been shown to cause insomnia, asthma, chromosomal damage, lymphomas, violent behavior, hyperactivity, allergies, and tumors. It has been banned in Norway. 


Yellow #6- Has been shown to cause eczema, hives, asthma, hyperactivity, allergies, Thyroid tumors, and chromosomal damage. It has been banned in Norway and Sweden.


If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you can report it to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. 


Natural Substitutes

Beets, Carrots, Spinach, Pumpkin, Berries, Red cabbage, Turmeric powder, Saffron powder, Paprika

I hope I have empowered you with the knowledge to fight the good fight against chemicals in our food!!! 


Food Brands we like that don’t support the use of toxic food dyes.

Annie’s, Bearito’s, Applegate, Epic, Krave, Cascadian Farms, and Organic Valley are just a few!



Robyn O’Brien

Center for Science in the Public Interest



Christine Rogus, Practitioner