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17 July, 2008

How To-47: "How to Stay Away from Synthetic Food Colours"

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Food coloring is considered safe in small amounts, but if you have concerns, or if you are allergic to food coloring, here is how to avoid it.


  1. Know what colors foods are naturally. Certain foods are more likely to be artificially colored (including drinks, children's snacks, candy and fruit.)
  2. Check the ingredients on any package of food you buy. If the ingredients list includes a color name followed by a number, such as "Yellow #5" or "Red 40", the food contains synthetic food coloring.


  • Most brown sodas, such as Pepsi, are darkened with caramel color. This color comes from toasting sugar until it turns brown, so it might be considered non-synthetic.
  • Many "natural" foods are colored with ingredients like beet powder. Beets are a vegetable that is naturally red, so beet powder is an example of a safe food colorant.
  • Certain fruits, such as oranges, are frequently dyed to make them brighter in color. Ask a store manager whether the produce is colored, or buy organic produce.
  • Farm-raised salmon is often dyed pink or orange. If you're not sure whether the salmon is dyed, ask the seller.

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