My daughter likes to have hot chocolate with marshmallows when she goes to her grandma G’s house (Grandparents have permission to spoil their grandchildren a little – right?). When I read the label of the marshmallows, I was surprised to see yellow and blue dyes listed in the ingredients. G started researching how to make homemade marshmallows and developed a fabulous recipe!
Why was I so concerned about my daughter consuming these dyes? Studies show that artificial coloring may contribute to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Most artificial colorings are synthetic chemicals.
Blue #1 and Blue #2 are banned in Norway, Finland and France. Studies show the dyes may cause chromosomal damage and occasionally causes allergic reactions.
Red #3 (Red #40) may interfere with brain-nerve transmission. In laboratory animals, this dye causes thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage.
Norway and Sweden banned Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartrazine because in laboratory animals, this dye increased the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in the animals. In addition, the dye may contain benzidine, which is a cancer causing substance. This dye causes hives in some people. Other possible symptoms include vomiting, nasal congestion and indigestion.
Tip: Throw out anything that contains food coloring/dyes!
Here is a full list of dyes.