Dangers of Green No. 3

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner it may be challenging to avoid green food dyes. Believe it or not Green No. 3 has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. According to Dr. Mercola's site, Green No. 3 causes significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats.

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Organic green lolly from the Natural Candy Store.

This issue is so serious that the state of Maryland is considering a ban on the stuff. Actually, it has already been banned in Europe. Experts believe that food dyes previously recognized as safe are suspected of contributing to attention deficit disorder. Throughout Europe, several countries have banned artificial dyes and require foods using any unnatural colors. Labels are required to state that consuming foods containing artificial colors might be linked to behavioral issues in children. Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, and Red 3 are among the food colors also associated with hyperactivity. 

Green food coloring is made by combining blue and yellow dyes and is always synthetic. Chlorophyll could work as a replacement but it's not approved for use as a food coloring in the United States. Chlorophyll is ironically considered a superfood and has countless health benefits
Green No.3 can be found in drugs, personal care products, some cosmetic products, candies, beverages, ice cream, sorbet, lipsticks and possibly that green milk your kids might be drinking this St. Pat's Day. One of my favorite web sites is the Natural Candy Store which has many organic, dye and allergy free offerings. 
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