Safe, natural dyes:
- Beet juice
- Black currant extract
- Red cabbage
Green 3 (fast green)
Where it lurks: Candy, beverages, sherbets, puddings
Why to avoid it: May inhibit the release of neurotransmitters, preventing nerve impulses. Linked to bladder cancer and increased hyperactivity in children.
Red 3 (erythrosine)
Where it lurks: Canned cherries, candy, baked goods
Why to avoid it: Associated with thyroid tumors in animals and increased hyperactivity in children. It has been banned for use in cosmetics.
Yellow 6 (sunset yellow FCF)
Where it lurks: Beverages, sausage, baked goods, candy, gelatin, cereals
Why to avoid it: May cause adrenal and kidney tumors, nasal congestion, hives, or abdominal pain. Linked to increased hyperactivity in children.