Batada 2016: Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children

Figure 1: Grocery store products marketed to children (N = 810).

Figure 1: Grocery store products marketed to children (N = 810).

Clinical Pediatrics, 2016 Oct; 55(12): 1113-1119.

In this study, 810 products commonly marketed to children and found in a local grocery store were evaluated.  43.2% of them contained artificial food colors (AFC), mostly Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.

QUOTE:  “Given concerns about health effects of AFCs and high proportions of high-AFC categories, clinicians, parents, food companies, and the government can take steps to support children’s healthy eating and development by reducing AFCs in children’s diets.”

NOTE:  Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a co-author of the study.  See the CSPI Press Release here.  Dr. Jacobson points out that of the various manufacturers, Kraft actually has dyes in 2/3 of their products sold for kids.  No wonder they aren’t interested in answering requests by the Feingold Association to fill out forms even for products that appear to be all-natural.

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