10 Harmful Effects of Consuming Red Dye

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For years, red dye has been added to many of our packaged products to help make the appearance of food more appealing.

Red dye is lurking in salad dressings, cake mixes, breakfast cereals, baked goods, beverages, and even seemingly healthy supplements you might be taking.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has a total of nine regulated artificial colors allowed in food products. Red dye #40 and Red Dye #3 are 2 are the most common artificial colors used in the majority of these products. While these are considered common, they also may have some rather serious side affects for some.


According to research, red dye #3 is considered a carcinogen, or cancer-causing chemical. Research also suggests that some people are sensitive to food dyes such as Red #40 and may experience a variety of adverse reactions such as these below.
  1. Skin rash
  2. Migraine headaches
  3. Hyper-activity
  4. Joint pain
  5. Respiratory problems
  6. Digestive problems
  7. Life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock)
  8. Dizziness
  9. Faster pulse and a drop in blood pressure
  10. Insomnia
  11. Avoiding red dye can be tricky as red dye can also be hidden by going by different names, such as: Red, Crimson Lake, Carmine, Carminic acid, Natural Red 4, “undefined color” and more. Be sure to read all labels on your packaged products to be sure to safely avoid products made with red dye.
The easiest way to be confident that a product does not contain red dye is to look for a label that clearly states that it has “no artificial colors or flavorings”. At Vitamin Health, Inc, all of our products (Viteyes®) are free from all artificial colors.