Toxic Colors

Did you know that the U.S. food industry alone, dumps 15 million pounds of fd&c dyes into our food each year.  That is not counting what the U.S. cosmetic industry is pouring into our Shampoos, toothpastes, cleansers, moisturizers, and cosmetics.  Did you also know that back in 2009 the British government asked their food merchandisers to remove as much artificial coloring from food products as possible.  They also have regulations that if there is fd&c coloring there has to be warning labels on the products informing customers of the potential risks associated with them.  To date, the U.S. federal government has not issued any such regulations even though they are well aware of the risks.  The very most common fd&c dyes such as: blue 1, yellow 5, yellow 6,  and red 3, are known to be possible carcinogens and may cause behavioral issues in children such as hyperactivity.  Yellow 6 was found to cause adrenal gland and kidney tumors in rats.

FD&C colors are derived from coal tar which is a by-product of petroleum.  Some coal tar dyes have been known to cause cancer and because of this the FDA does monitor how much arsenic and lead they contain, but keep in mind small children have much less of a tolerance to these toxins.  If you see the word quinoline on a label, this is another derivative of coal tar used in cosmetic dyes.  Not only are these toxic to your health, but when used on the skin they also can clog your pores leading to acne breakouts and irritations.

I realize you can’t live in a bubble.  It is impossible to shield yourself from all of the toxins in the world, but I think it is important to try where you do have control.  Especially when it comes to your food and cleansers.  You eat every day and you cleanse every day.  That adds up to a lot of exposure to good or bad depending on what you choose.

I make handmade soaps and bath bombs at our farm RNR Ranch.  I make sure to use natural ingredients and natural colorants.  That does get expensive and tricky at times.  It is hard to get as vibrant of colors as those soap makers doing neon artificial dyes, but I feel good about the products I produce.  You may be wondering how do you naturally color cosmetics.  Typically us natural soap makers will use pigments derived from plants or there is a whole array of different color clays out there.  What is great about this is not only do you get color from these natural elements, but they all provide some form of benefit to the product as well.  They usually have vitamins and other nutrients or properties.


For my other skincare and cosmetic needs I trust L’BRI Pure n Natural.  This company is great.  I never have to worry about there being any toxic ingredients in their products. They use only safe and high quality ingredients.

So after reading this post I hope you will read your labels and avoid fd&c coloring as much as possible.  Try and shop for organic or natural colored foods and cosmetics.  Remember that children are even more susceptible to the harmful effects of these toxins.

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