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AnilineThe artificial food coloring known as Red 2G (E128, in the European Union) could soon be banned because of concerns about its safety and a purported risk of cancer arising from its aniline metabolite.

Europe sees red over food coloring…

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On the same concern, just thought that a bottle of vodka may result in headache next morning while a couple of shots would rather help sleeping well. It’s all about the purpose.

In this household we are challenged by the “reactions” to colorings for one of our twins. It appears that reds and blues are catalysts for asthmatic responses and we desperately try to stay away from anything that looks like it would “glow in the dark”. Meanwhile, mom has gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance and a response to 16/27 tests in an allergen panel. Eating is a matter of focusing on as many healthy, organic, non-irradiated, non-colored foods as possible. So, we’re healthy and nearly bankrupt instead. Life’s a balance…

Interesting point Tony, yes. There are obviously many people who unfortunately suffer more than others from specific compounds in food, both natural and synthetic. I myself suffer from mild asthma as well as allergic rhinitis, but I did a food intolerance panel of 96 food stuffs and came up negative on all of them. So, I cannot run an exclusion diet to help me get out of the atopy trap. I certainly don’t advocate additives, particularly not colorants, but it does worry me that vast quantities of taxpayers’ money is expended on tests and legislation to reduce the use of specific compounds used in almost trace quantities that are loosely linked to health issues when little is done to mass consumption of processed carbohydrates and saturated fats.