Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | March 14th, 2014 | Modified - December 4th, 2014

Red Number 3 And Cancer

Food Dye Red Number 3 Plays A Role In Cancer As Well As ADHD
Food Dye Red Number 3 Plays A Role In Cancer As Well As ADHD

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:

About Author:

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and my plant based diet supports all that I do. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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