Toxic Dyes in Your Food and Supplements

The other day I was browsing my news feed and came across someone that was recommending a certain supplement. Because of all the knowledge I’ve gained about the toxicity of our food and supplements, my curiosity got the best of me and I did a brief Google search for the ingredient list. There isn’t much that pisses me off more than someone who knowingly recommends something to others that could be potentially harmful to them. Notice I said “knowingly.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of supplement reps that unknowingly recommend a toxic supplement. They just don’t know better. Maybe they weren’t taught or didn’t do enough research into what they were selling in the first place. This rep didn’t know better. Anyways, in that specific supplement not only did I find artificial flavoring, but food dyes as well. He praised how his clients were losing weight with it, but didn’t take into factor what it’s actually doing to the inside of those people’s bodies. It’s not good. That’s why I figured I would shed some light on the true toxicity of food dyes and why you should avoid them.

Why use food dyes?

Because it makes the food and supplements look better. Yes, you heard that right. Companies are more focused on appearance than the actual quality of the product. The company shares part of the blame, but not all of it. Consumers share the other half of the blame. Interestingly enough, I just watched a video yesterday about the process fast food companies go through to make their products look especially appetizing in advertisements. It’s all about appearance. We just don’t spend any time looking into what we are eating. If it looks and tastes good, we eat it. It’s a major reason why obesity, diseases, and cancer are out of control. We don’t pay any attention to what we are putting into our bodies. A good habit to get into from now is checking out the ingredient list of everything that you consume and doing just a little bit of research to see if it’s good for you or not. Over time you will get familiar with toxic ingredients and can quickly make a judgement on the product on the spot without doing research. That’s the point where I’m at now. If I’m about to purchase a new supplement, for example, I instantly flip it over, look at the ingredient list, and search for specific ingredients. One type of ingredient that I avoid at all costs are food dyes, sometimes labeled “artificial coloring.” Organic products don’t contain dyes, so always purchase organic when you can, but sometimes that’s just not an option. Food dyes are just one of many toxic ingredients, but it’s what I’m focusing on specifically in this post.

What are some common foods (and products) you will find dyes in?

Here’s a list. It’s most certainly not just limited to these, though.

  • Cereal
  • Soda
  • Fruit Juice
  • Salad Dressings
  • Ice Cream
  • Cosmetics
  • Processed Meat
  • Desserts
  • Yogurt
  • Fish (salmon)
  • Salsa
  • Pickles
  • Most Supplements

Surprising? Most people believe that salmon is very healthy and it is, just as long as it’s wild caught and purchased at an organic grocery store. If you purchase it at a restaurant, more than likely that beautiful, pinkish color that you see isn’t what it actually looks like. Most of the salmon you find in restaurants are farm raised and dyed to look better. Farm raised salmon is gray. With ice cream, not only is it normally loaded with chemicals and sugar, it contains dyes to make it more appealing, especially to young children. Hell, as a kid I normally chose the one that looked the best. Remember “Superman” ice cream? Those colors aren’t natural. That’s the food companies hard at work attempting to manipulate people to purchasing their product. I’ve said this before, the food industry is a crooked, money-hungry, unethical industry.

How are food dyes labeled?

Usually in the “other ingredients” section you will see something like Blue #1, Red #40, Green #3, or Yellow #6. Those are all food dyes. Basically, if you see anything with a color and a number beside it, put in back on the shelf.

Why are food dyes toxic?

Believe it or not, there have been a lot of studies on the effects of food dyes. Most of those studies were done on mice and rats, though, but regardless, there were some pretty awful after effects. Red #40 and Yellow #5 are known to cause hyperactivity in children. Blue #1, Blue #2, Citrus Red #2, and Yellow #6 are known to cause cancer and tumors in mice and rats. Red #3 has actually been labeled as a carcinogen. Many of the dyes are contaminated with cancer causing chemicals. Basically, what it all comes down to is that food dyes are highly toxic and should be avoided completely.

As I say all of the time, what you consume has a drastic effect on your health. As a man who consumes a lot of supplements, I am around other guys who do the same. Most of them pay no attention to what is actually in the supplements they are buying. They believe that just because it’s labeled as a “supplement” that it’s healthy. That’s most certainly not the case. In fact, there are barely any regulations in the supplement market. Some supplements may be just as bad for you as hot dogs. That’s why I always recommend that people do their research and only consume ones that are of high quality. If you’re using supplements for the color or the flavor in the first place, you’re using them for the wrong reason. Again, this isn’t just for supplements either. It goes for anything that you’re consuming or putting on your body. In the end, you need to avoid any type of artificial coloring at all costs.

Questions? I’ve got a lot of knowledge in this area. Feel free to reach out to me at Josh@JoshSpencerFitness.com or message me over on my Facebook page.

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