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Do You have migraines? edit= food dyes - dangers , not just migraines


Food Dye, a Migraine Trigger Over 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines are a severe, chronic neurological condition involving painful headache and other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. The cause of migraines aren’t fully understood but many migraine sufferers identify specific triggers such as allergic reactions, specific odors or bright lights, stress, sleep pattern changes, smoking, menstrual cycle fluctuations and certain foods and food additives. Various studies indicate that anywhere from 20% to 44% of migraines are triggered by specific foods or beverages. Common culprits are MSG (monosodium glutamate) sodium nitrite, aspartame and food dyes such as Yellow and Red food colorings.

What Is Food Dye?

Each year the U.S. produces 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes which land directly into our food to enhance its appearance. Dyes add zero nutritional value but are a cheaper way to obtain that bright, stable color in food making it more aesthetically pleasing. Processed food in particular requires the use of additives and food dyes. Generally speaking, the more highly processed the food, the more food dyes are needed. The FDA has approved seven food dyes for use in the U.S. These include: Yellow #5 (Tartrazine or E102), Yellow #6 (E110 or Sunset Yellow), Blue #1 (E133), Blue #2 (Indigotine or E132), Green #3 (Fast Green or E143), Red #40 (Allura Red AC or E129) and Red # 3 (Erythrosine, E 127).

Where Does Food Dye Lurk?

Food dyes can be found in candies, ice cream, potato chips and some sodas. Yet avoiding junk food does not fully avoid the issue. Dyes can also be found in pickles, American cheese, boxed macaroni and cheese, crackers, jams, lemonade, sports drinks, cereal, cereal bars, and condiments along with self-care products like shampoos, medications, mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Why Be Concerned?

Artificial food dyes are derived from petroleum, the same ingredient used to make motor oil. Many consumers are concerned about health risks from exposure to food dyes, particularly in foods and beverages marketed to children. Food dye allergies and sensitivities are medically documented. This prompted the Code of Federal Regulations to issue a statement in 2013 that dyes such as Yellow #5 must include a warning statement of possible allergic reactions. Several food dyes still used and defended as safe in the U.S. have been banned in Austria, Norway, Sweden and France and contain label warnings in many European countries.

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Asked by fiatpax at 8:21 AM on Oct. 25, 2013 in Health

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  • fiatpax

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 8:22 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • fiatpax

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 8:50 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Yes, but mine are stress related. I had them frequently when married to my ex. Since leaving him I've had less than 10 in the last 7 years! My neurologist now just sends me samples of my meds because I use them so infrequently that it's not worth a prescription.

    Answer by missanc at 8:59 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • I don't know if food dye is one of my triggers. We already work to avoid dyes, though, because there are other sensitivities in the family. The list is helpful. I didn't think to look at some of those products. Crackers? Seriously? Good grief.

    Answer by May-20 at 9:01 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Only from artificial scents like from some perfumes, cleaners, room spray, plug in air fresheners & sometimes from my Son..... LOL!

    But this is very informative, thanks for posting. Many Mom's do not know about this.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:03 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Interesting. I don't get them but there have been a few times where I thought they could be, but have never been diagnosed. I swear I could feel the hair follicles on my head. All I wanted to do was to climb into a cool dark hole and hopefully sleep. I think mine are triggered more by hormones, but I'm not positive. I guess I should take note of what kind of foods / drinks I have had prior to these events.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:26 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Food dyes aren't my triggers (my biggest one is perfume, I'm allergic to most), but this is interesting. I'll have to keep this in mind for dd since we are keeping a diary to find her triggers.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 9:32 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • after i changed my childs diet to exclude these
    i noticed if i have red 40, i will get a headache

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:54 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • I've never had migraines, but I'm pretty sure (just an observation of mine) that my DS has a 'sensitivity' to food dyes. He throws up after drinking diluted kool-aid, especially red colors. It also seems to make him really hyper, so I try to avoid them.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 9:56 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Yes... mine went away for many years, but has now came back with the onset of menopause. I do believe it's the HRT for me though and am trying to get off of it.

    I do believe in what you say about the dye though because I seem to get allergies and asthma when I consume something like gummy bears....

    Thanks for the information.

    Answer by m-avi at 11:30 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

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