Most studies are false and non-reproducible, but what if it’s true? Which it might well be.
Recent research shows that long-term consumption of Allura Red (AR), a commonly used synthetic color additive, could trigger inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) and colitis.
Also known as Red 40, AR is one of the nine synthetic color additives approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in food. Manufacturers prefer synthetic dyes over natural ones extracted from animals and plants because they cost less, provide a more vivid and uniform color, and don’t introduce unwanted flavors.
“What we have found is striking and alarming, as this common synthetic food dye is a possible dietary trigger for IBDs,” said Khan. “This research is a significant advance in alerting the public on the potential harms of food dyes that we consume daily.”
“The literature suggests that the consumption of Allura Red also affects certain allergies, immune disorders and behavioural problems in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” he added.
It has long been suspected that exposure to synthetic food dyes at a young age can cause ADHD. According to the California government’s 2021 review (pdf) of scientific studies over the preceding decade, consumption of synthetic food dyes, including AR, did cause hyperactivity and other neurobehavioral issues for at least some children.
AR is present in a wide range of foods and beverages, including cereals, dairy products, pudding, candy, chewing gums, soda, energy drinks, and confections.
WIND: eat whole unprocessed foods only. Then this issue and any other are void.