Toxic Tartrazine Treats

Jeannie Meredith By Jeannie Meredith, 14th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Do you know what tartrazine is? Are you unknowingly consuming it? Do you actively read consumer labels? Learn what one must watch for, when purchasing products.

Do You Know?

Are you unknowingly consuming toxic substances? Do you read consumer labels, and do you understand what it is that you are reading? There are so many potentially dangerous chemicals, additives, and preservatives added to our daily consumables that one must be ever vigilant to understand what in fact we are ingesting. Let’s explore one of these toxins, called Tartrazine. Do you know what Tartrazine is? Do you know what products you will find it in, and more importantly are you aware of its side-effects?

According to Wikipedia

Tartrazine is a synthetic lemon yellow azo dye primarily used as a food coloring. It is also known as E number E102,C.I. 19140, FD&C Yellow 5, Acid Yellow 23, Food Yellow 4, and Trisodium 1-(4-sulfonatophenyl)-4-(4-sulfonatophenylazo)-5-pyrazolone-3-carboxylate).
Tartrazine is a synthetic organic chemical. It is water soluble and has a maximum absorbance in an aqueous solution at 427±2 nm.
Tartrazine is a commonly used color all over the world, mainly for yellow, but can also be used with Brilliant Blue FCF (FD&C Blue 1, E133) or Green S (E142) to produce various green shades.

Tartrazine is Derived from Coal Tar

It is in many consumer products ranging from candy, cereal, personal hygiene products, and most alarming medications. Essentially, if a product contains color it is highly likely that tartrazine is present. Some manufacturers even feed tartrazine to their hens/chickens to achieve a more visually esthetic yolk. Interestingly, tartrazine can be found in the medication to treat ADHD, also one of its side-effects. It is disturbing to learn products geared marketed and geared towards children are those most likely to contain tartrazine. Companies are feeding poison to our youth; and we the consumers are allowing such.

According to Natural News..

Tartrazine has a wide range of side-effects, including causing allergic reactions in people. Side-effects can include: ADHD or hyperactivity, anxiety, asthma attacks, blurred vision, clinical depression, eczema, Eosinophilia (increase in specific forms of white blood cells), general all-over weakness, heart palpitations, hives, hot flushes, increased aggravation to carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), permanent DNA damage, rhinitis, skin rashes, sleep disturbances/insomnia, thyroid cancer, and in severe cases, anaphylactic-like reactions to tartrazine have also been reported.

What Can the Consumer Do?

The mindful consumer can be watchful when purchasing products simply by reading the labels. As you may be aware, products that contain potentially dangerous ingredients must be labelled as such. For instance, you will note that any allergens that may be present are listed in bold, even when there may only be trace amounts of the allergen present. This is done to advise the consumer, and serve as a potential warning label of any adverse side-effects. It is also a means for which the company to protect themselves from any liable legal ramifications; should someone consume their product and become ill, or worse die.

Are There Alternatives

One must ask, why would companies put such toxins in our foods, toiletries, and medications, and is there alternative methods that can be used to achieve the same result? Companies choose this method due to its cost effectiveness, the all-natural and healthy method of using beta-carotene is costly. However, there are cheaper alternatives available that do not pose such health risks, these being turmeric, annatto, and malt. There are products, by companies willing to provide healthier alternatives, however they generally come at a higher cost than the convenient, toxic choice. This is where you the consumer must make the choice, will you read what is in your purchases, and will you pay that little extra to live a little healthier?


Adverse Effects, Allergens, Color, Consumer, Consumer Guide, Consumer Market, Diet, Food, Personal Hygiene, Tartrazine, Toxic

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Extremely interesting and informative Jeannie
God bless you

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author avatar Jeannie Meredith
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella, I hope sharing what I know will spark people to think and perhaps their thinking will trigger action. :)

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author avatar Retired
15th Aug 2013 (#)

this is an eye opener

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author avatar Jeannie Meredith
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Wonderful, I am glad I have some important information to share

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