Scientists have known for decades that the dye yellow #5 is harmful, but this new study is shocking confirmation of just how bad it is.
When an animal consumes the dye her unborn offspring are at risk of serious damage, including death. For obvious reasons, this study was conducted on rats, not humans, but the results can apply to both.
Here are the results
All of the pups exposed to the dye were smaller and weighed less than the control group. In addition, they had these outcome – Missing hind limbs, fetal resorptions, deformed limbs, kidney and liver damage and death.
The animals were given the dye (known as Yellow #5 or tartrazine) in an amount that would equal the amount of the dyes in one serving of Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Devil’s Food Chocolate.
Why would a chocolate flavored food contain yellow dye?
When you combine red, yellow and blue it produces a brown color. Food manufacturers use dye so they can give the impression the product is rich in chocolate without the higher cost of using the real thing. A single serving of Little Debbie Chocolate Swiss Rolls contains 32 mg of the three dyes.
The majority of studies on children assumed they would not be exposed to more than 26 mg of food dyes per day; in fact, some studies used only 1, 5, or 10mg per day and it is amazing that even a few of those studies actually did document reactions to the dye. A more realistic estimate for the intake of dyes by children in the United States is several hundred each day.
How much dye?
Amount of dye in a single serving of these foods:
Powerade Orange — 18mg
Skittles Original — 33mg
Cap’n Crunch Oops Berries — 41mg
Kool-Aid Burst Cherry — 50 mg
Target Mini Green Cupcakes— 55mg