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Blue 1 Research has suggested this food coloring poses a small cancer risk and is linked to kidney tumors in mice; however more testing is needed. Other studies have linked it with nerve problems.
Blue No. 2 Commonly used to color drinks candy, and baked goods, this dye has been linked to brain glioma tumors in male rats. Despite the research, the FDA has stated that Blue 2 has a “reasonable certainty of no harm,” although the Center for Science in the Public Interest says that it should be banned from foods.
Red No. 3 The bright red dye was banned in 1990 by the FDA for use in cosmetics and other productsy but is still allowed in foods and drugs. It is commonly found in maraschino cherries, sausage casings, and margarita mix. It has been shown to cause thyroid tumors and cancer in rats.
Red No. 40 The food coloring is one of the most commonly used dyes Red 40 may cause allergy-like reactions, and may trigger hyperactivity in children. CSPI believes that since healthy, natural alternatives exist, it should be banned.
Yellow No. 5 This is the second most commonly-used food dye on the market. Research has shown that it may actually trigger hyperactivity in children, as well as cause allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions. It’s also important to note that this dye is sometimes contaminated with cancer-causing substances.
Yellow No. 6 Can be found in everything from hot dogs to gelatin and has been shown to contain carcinogens, and may have a relationship to adrenal and kidney malfunction.
Green No. 3 This food coloring is not widely used anymore, but research has linked it to tumors in the bladder and testes of rats. The FDA also considers this one to be safe, and it can be found in candy and beverages.