While there’s probably no such thing as healthy candy, some types are definitely better than others. Many candies sold in the United States contain a substance called red dye no. 40. This artificial coloring has been approved by the FDA and it is found in many foods in the United States, but the same products in Europe use natural dyes because red no. 40 could pose a health risk, especially to children.
Red dye no. 40, also called FD&C red dye #40, is found in many consumables from candy and salad dressing to medicine and mouthwash. The artificial coloring is made from petroleum and it’s the most used dye in the country. There is controversial and inconclusive evidence that this dye could cause hyperactivity, allergic reactions, and potentially cancer. Any products sold in Europe that contain the dye must also include a warning label highlighting the potential risks, however United States companies just have to list it as an ingredient.
Food dyes are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Their sole purpose is to make consumables look more enticing by adding color, and because artificial dyes like red no. 40 are cheaper than other natural dyes companies are not likely to change unless they have to. Check labels before you purchase food for your kids and yourself, and support companies that don’t use these artificial dyes.
Read the full article here: The Scary Truth About Red Dye No. 40