Artificial food dyes are responsible for the bright colours of candy, sports drinks and baked goods. They’re even used in certain brands of pickles, smoked salmon and salad dressing, as well as medications.
In fact, artificial food dye consumption has increased by 500% in the last 50 years, and children are the biggest consumers. Claims have been made that artificial dyes cause serious side effects, such as hyperactivity in children, as well as cancer and allergies.
The topic is highly controversial and there are many conflicting opinions about the safety of artificial food dyes. In this article, I have tried to separate fact from fiction