Red Number 3 And Cancer
Dr. Greger previously covered Red No. 3’s role in ADHD and now covers Red No. 3’s role in cancer.
Unfortunately we have to stop trusting that the processed food we eat is safe for us.
I know we take it for granted that the food that hits the shelves must undergo some ethical scrutiny to be available for public consumption.
This unfortunately is not the case. The products we eat are determined more by big business than by ethics.
I previously covered how there is a lack of checks and balances in determining the safety of food additives.
Red Dye No. 3 is used in sausages, cherries, cereal, cakes, and candy.
Due to cancer concerns Red Dye No. 1 was banned in 1961, Red Dye No. 2 in 1776, and later Red Dye No. 4 was banned. So how did Red Dye No. 3 miss the ban?
It wasn’t because Red Dye No. 3 was safe. Red Dye No .3 was found to cause DNA damage to liver cells in vitro comparable to to a chemotherapy drugs whose purpose is to break down DNA.
Red Dye No. 3 was found to influence children’s behavior thirty years ago, and was found to interfere with thyroid function over forty years ago.
In the 1990’s the acting commissioner of the FDA said Red Dye No. 3 was of greatest public concern because the food additive was clearly shown to induce cancer.
Why is Red Dye No. 3 still allowed in our food? Industry pressure plain and simple! Big business runs things and makes decisions for us that often don’t benefit us.
Check out Dr. Greger’s video for a more in depth explanation: