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Is Food Dye Safe?

Is Food Dye Safe?

One of the most controversial hot buttons in the food industry: “Is food dye safe?”

The use of food dye has been documented in reports dating back to the mid-1800s. The use of artificial food dyes is reported to have increased by 500% in the last 50 years, according to Healthline.

Children are the largest consumers of food dyes, due to the extensive use in soft drinks, candies, snacks, ice cream, and baked goods—all of which happen to be childhood favourites.

Food dye is available in both artificial or natural forms:

  • Natural food dye is safe to eat and is derived from plants, and sometimes even insects.
  • Artificial food dye is made from petroleum products. It is cheap to mass produce, and many colours can be made, unlike in natural food colouring, where you are limited to the colours available in nature.

So, to answer the controversial question, “Is Food Dye Safe?”, we must answer a few other common questions:

  • Is Food Colouring Bad for Your Health?A lot of research has been done to answer the perennial question,“Is food dye safe?”Natural food dye is safe and can be used repeatedly; there is no controversy there. The problem arises with artificial food colouring. Although the FDA and EFSA have both concluded that dyes do not pose significant health risk, some people are of a different school of thought.

Studies have been conducted to identify if food dyes are safe—and, more specifically, whether they can cause cancer. The research done has not yet provided conclusive evidence that food dyes can cause cancer in humans; Red 3 is the only food dye that was shown to increase thyroid tumours in rats.

Further research on Erythrosine (component in Red3) later concluded that it doesn’t cause cancer, but Red 3 is still not extensively used. Some dyes have been shown to contain cancer causing contaminants or carcinogens, but in very small quantities that are considered safe

There are only six food dyes that are approved by both the FDA and EFSA. Some food dyes are approved in some countries and banned in others, causing a lot of controversy on whether or not they are safe.

However, part of the answer to “Is food dye safe?” is that consuming a lot of artificial food dye containing contaminants can cause health risks; some artificial food dyes have been shown to cause allergic reactions.

  • Is Food Colouring Safe to Drink?When taken in safe doses, food colouring is safe to drink. It is used in many soft drinks, juices, and sport drinks.
  • Does Red Dye Affect Children’s Behaviour?The first claim that food dyes cause behavioural changes in children was made in 1973 by a paediatrician. His claim was that food dyes and preservatives cause hyperactivity and learning problems in children. Many studies have been done to validate these claims. An analysis of 15 of these studies done in 2004 concluded that food dyes can cause hyperactivity in children. However, not all children react the same way.

So…is food dye safe? The bottom line is that food dyes are safe for most people, and with the regulatory bodies conducting ongoing tests and continuously studying the different dyes, they remain safe for use.

 

What is Vitamin D Good For?

What is Vitamin D Good For?

Vitamin D and Additive Awareness

At Dure, vitamin D as an essential ingredient that helps foster good health through our lifestyle products and supplements.

As food preferences change across the globe, many consumers are much more aware of what is in their food. Most prefer a well-balanced diet that consists of a range of different vitamins and nutritional benefits, but with so many vitamins, it can be hard to keep track of the benefits of each one.

In this article, we’ll take a more in-depth look at vitamin D and what it can do to improve your health. We’ll also examine the effects of having low Vitamin D.

What is Vitamin D and What Does It Do?

Vitamin D is considered a fat-soluble ‘secosteroid.’ There are five different forms of vitamin D, though they have very similar purposes. These are referred to as vitamin D1 through vitamin D5.

Vitamin D is consumable through supplements and certain types of food. It is also produced in your skin via sun exposure. While most humans receive some vitamin D through everyday sun exposure, increasing your exposure in an attempt to produce more vitamin D is not recommended. Excessive sun exposure, particularly without sunscreen, can increase your chance of skin cancer.

What are the Benefits of Vitamin D?

The benefits of vitamin D supplementation are still unclear. There are many claims that vitamin D benefits human bone health and can potentially reduce the risk of cancer. At the same time, some studies show this to be inconclusive.

Benefits of Vitamin D

There is evidence that higher rates of vitamin D can help prevent mortality in older patients. Problems do arise when you are deficient in vitamin D – it can cause bone problems and a variety of other issues. Many older individuals have issues related to drops in vitamin D levels.

What Foods Are High in Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is found naturally in a variety of different foods. Some foods that are high in vitamin D include fatty fishes (such as salmon or tuna), dairy products, soy milk, cheese, egg yolks, and orange juice.

Vitamin D Rich Foods

People also take vitamin D supplements via different pills and tablets, though this isn’t necessary if you have a diet that promotes vitamin D intake.

What Does It Mean to Have Low Vitamin D?

Low Vitamin D simply means you have a vitamin D deficiency. This occurs when you have low levels of vitamin D in your blood.

What are the Side Effects of Low Vitamin D?

There are many side effects associated with low vitamin D levels. Most of these side effects are related to bone strength and health. Reduced bone density is common in individuals with prolonged vitamin D deficiencies.

The reason vitamin D helps bone health is that it improves the metabolism of calcium within your body. For this reason, vitamin D is also used to help prevent Rickets and other bone diseases.

Also, in elderly individuals, low vitamin D can result in increased chances of mortality via injuries from slips and falls.

Summing it up…

In those with regular sun exposure and a healthy diet, vitamin deficiencies are uncommon.

None the less, deficiencies can lead to reduced bone health, and there is some research that it may also result in other adverse effects such as depression.