Benefit and harm

The benefits and harms of Food colorings

Since time immemorial, for a more delicious kinds of food and beverages were added dyes, and no one cared harmful dyes. First dyes extracted from natural sources - fruits, vegetables, berries, roots rasteniy.K natural dyes in the course of evolution the human body has adapted well. In its composition of organic colorants include pigments, organic acid, flavoring, vitamins. And, although many of them set the maximum allowable concentration, natural dyes are considered safe for human health.Currently, a large widespread artificial food dyes, which are water-soluble organic compounds that do not exist in nature. they have no nutritional value, but the damage to the dyes for the human body is very possible. Currently used in the food industry coloring agents are labeled E100 - E199.

In the food industry in Russia is not allowed to use the following dyes:

E102, E103, E107, E110, E120, E121, E123, E124, E125, E153, E154, E155, E160a, E160d, E160f, E166, E173, E174, E175, E180, E182. Do not use in Russia dyes: E121, E123. Particularly dangerous are dyes: E 102, E 110, E 122, E 123, E 124, E127, E 151.

Studies in the UK studies have shown negative effects on children's health the following food colors: E102, E104, E110, E122, E124, E129. They can cause in children and adults:

A small excitability,

Impaired concentration,

Sudden mood swings,



Hyperactive behavior

In children, a violation of the learning process.

food production technology is constantly evolving. Raw materials, and thus dyes (natural or artificial), goes through many processing steps, the result of which is very far from being "natural".

Recently, in connection with the identification of the adverse effects on human food coloring in many countries around the world seek to reduce harmful dyes by limiting or complete ban their use in the food industry. Simple rules to help consumers themselves take care of themselves and limit the harmful effects of food dyes:

When selecting products, note the labeling and composition.

Unnaturally bright color beverage provides presence of dyes.

Children try to give beverages and foods without dyes.