The dark side of artificial food coloring has been discussed since at least the 1970′s, with big concerns over a link between dyes and hyperactivity in kids, but only recently has the food and drug administration actually agreed to evaluate studies proving the link. While European countries have already started to ban the use of certain dyes, like blue #1, yellow #5 and 6, the FDA advisory committee ruled yesterday that there’s not enough evidence proving that they’re linked to ADHD, so they wont be banning artificial colors from foods just yet.
Even if the FDA doesn’t think we need protection from food dyes, they don’t sit well with us. (Check out these ten reasons you should be disturbed to find dye in your food, if you want to know why.) Unfortunately, avoiding brightly colored candy and unnaturally-hued cakes isn’t enough to keep us clear of food dye – it’s lurking in a lot of foods you might not be aware of. Your blue corn tortillas? They didn’t get that way from nature, unfortunately. Many seemingly health and natural foods are slipping artificial coloring to unsuspecting customers, and we’re just not cool with that, so we put together this gallery of eight foods you probably didn’t know had food coloring in them. Got more? Tell us what to watch for in the comment section, below:
via The Chart