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red dye #40.. i've looked everywhere.. safe or not??

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM
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Can someone clear this up for me? Is it ok to have during pregnancy? I've been looking at more labels lately, and there's red dye in everything!!

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by on Jul. 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM
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Kelli.and.Ellie
by on Jul. 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM

i have heard it is safe to dye your hair...(in my what to expect when expecting) some safe after the first trimester thou....and some say to just do highlights. 

 



 

Mom2Jack04
by on Jul. 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

LOL sorry made me chuckle a bit....red dye #40 is used in foods like kool-air and popsicles, it's not for hair dye.

I couldn't find it listed on any list saying you should avoid during pregnancy....I did find one small article that says:

Red 40 is a commonly used food coloring dye added to a variety of products. While it may make food esthetically pleasing in appearance, it can cause a negative reaction in those who consume it.

Children are most often the ones who have sensitivity to red 40, whether or not their parents have realized it or not. Reactions include temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, uncontrollable crying and screaming,
kicking, nervousness, dizziness, inability to concentrate and sit amoung other findings.

Physically you may get frequent headaches or migraines, upset stomach and feel ill after ingesting this additive. Often when Red 40 is eliminated from the child's diet  a remarkable change is noticed immediately.

 Red 40 is used in many food products including kool-aid, orange and other flavored sodas, cheetos and dorito chips, strawberry pop-tarts, any candy with red coloring to it including m&m's, skittles, many chewing gums, etc. Also many children's vitamins and pain relievers/cold medicine have red 40 in the ingredients.

When red 40 was first approved by the FDA as a food coloring additive there was some controversy as to whether or not it caused tumors and cancer. Those claims have been proven to be false but now many parents, Doctors and Teachers are becoming aware of other concerns regarding intake of red 40, especially in young children.

Many times consumable products include both high amounts of sugar as well as red #40 so it can be hard to determine if the child's behavior or reaction is because of the sugar or because of the food dye. Both can cause similar results but it is clear that red 40 can be a culprit on it's own as similar results occur when sugar is not present. Children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) generally have significant improvements of their behavior and ability to concentrate when artificial additives such as red food dye is removed from their diet. Red 40 can also affect adults; it is a common trigger for migraines. It can also cause an upset stomach and make you feel uncomfortable and jittery.

I know just reading this will probably have me trying to avoid it.

iluvmommyhood58
by on Jul. 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM
Quoting Mom2Jack04:

LOL sorry made me chuckle a bit....red dye #40 is used in foods like kool-air and popsicles, it's not for hair dye.


I couldn't find it listed on any list saying you should avoid during pregnancy....I did find one small article that says:


Red 40 is a commonly used food coloring dye added to a variety of products. While it may make food esthetically pleasing in appearance, it can cause a negative reaction in those who consume it. Children are most often the ones who have sensitivity to red 40, whether or not their parents have realized it or not. Reactions include temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, uncontrollable crying and screaming, kicking, nervousness, dizziness, inability to concentrate and sit amoung other findings.


Physically you may get frequent headaches or migraines, upset stomach and feel ill after ingesting this additive. Often when Red 40 is eliminated from the child's diet  a remarkable change is noticed immediately.


 Red 40 is used in many food products including kool-aid, orange and other flavored sodas, cheetos and dorito chips, strawberry pop-tarts, any candy with red coloring to it including m&m's, skittles, many chewing gums, etc. Also many children's vitamins and pain relievers/cold medicine have red 40 in the ingredients. When red 40 was first approved by the FDA as a food coloring additive there was some controversy as to whether or not it caused tumors and cancer. Those claims have been proven to be false but now many parents, Doctors and Teachers are becoming aware of other concerns regarding intake of red 40, especially in young children. Many times consumable products include both high amounts of sugar as well as red #40 so it can be hard to determine if the child's behavior or reaction is because of the sugar or because of the food dye. Both can cause similar results but it is clear that red 40 can be a culprit on it's own as similar results occur when sugar is not present. Children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) generally have significant improvements of their behavior and ability to concentrate when artificial additives such as red food dye is removed from their diet. Red 40 can also affect adults; it is a common trigger for migraines. It can also cause an upset stomach and make you feel uncomfortable and jittery.


I know just reading this will probably have me trying to avoid it.






Yeah, might be good for everyone to avoid. lol.
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