Food Additive Blues

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Food additives are giving us the blues, and it could pose major health risks.

A recent study of blue dyes revealed that the chemicals in them are potentially harmful.

Patent Blue has been banned from foodstuffs in the United States, but Brilliant Blue is popularly used in both food products and cosmetics.

Brilliant Blue is also known as FD&C #1, and is thought to seep into the bloodstream either by ingestion, or through the skin, and cause gastrointestinal issues. There are also concerns that it could cause ADHD, asthma and allergic reactions.

The exposure is higher when the skin is vulnerable due to irritation from shaving, or when placed directly on the tongue.
To protect yourself from the dangers of dyes, steer clear of blue colored candies, especially lollipops and other “sucking candies” that sit on the mucus membranes in the mouth. Also avoid cleansers, toners, mouthwash and makeup that contain blue dyes.

photo:Glasshouse Images

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