Red 40

Flavors + Colors

Potentially Harmful
Red 40 (Allura Red) is a dark red synthetic dye made from petroleum and used in cereal, candies, drinks and condiments. It is one of the most used and most controversial artificial colorings.
Red #40,RED NO. 40,Red 40 Lake
Health Impact
Some people, especially children, may be sensitive to food dyes, and have experienced allergic reactions when consuming them. Artificial food dyes have also been linked to increased behavioral problems in children, especially those with ADHD, because they may cause chemical changes in the brain, inflammation, and depletion of minerals that are important to growth and development.
Potential impacts of synthetic food dyes on activity and attention in children: a review of the human and animal evidence
Artificial Food Colors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms: Conclusions to Dye for
Mechanisms of behavioral, atopic, and other reactions to artificial food colors in children
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