Red Dye 40 in Our Foods :
Red Dye 40 found it's way into so much of our food because we like the color. Silly isn't it. We used to have to deal with Red #2 but ingesting it for decades we realized it turned out to be carcinogenic. So the food and beverage companies replaced it with a "safer" alternative Red Dye 40.
And not just children's foods. Now, store-bought grenadine is nothing more than Red Dye 40, corn syrup and other allegedly 'natural' flavors.
Foods That Contain Red Dye 40
Some household names with Red Dye 40:
Sunny D Drinks
Nesquick Strawberry Milk
Kellogs Strawberry Pop Tarts
Maraschino Cherries (what a surprise!)
Snack Pack Strawberry Jello
Lipton Instant Ice Tea - Natural Lemon Flavor
MY T Fine Chocolate Pudding (go figure!)
Have a look at conventional "cotton candy". It's made from the following:
Refined white sugar (with all the nutrients that nature provides in sugar removed); synthetic flavors created in a laboratory to simulate a 'tastes like' the real thing, and artificially produced Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) controlled colors (some of which have been banned in cosmetics!)
Ingredients: Refined White Sugar, Artificial Flavors and Artificial Colors (see FD&C colors below, do your own investigations and draw your own conclusions)
Blue Blue Dye#1 (E133) Pink Red Dye #40 (E129) Grape Red Dye #3 (E127) + Blue Dye#1 (E133) Orange Red Dye #40 (E129) + Yellow Dye #6 (E110) Banana Yellow Dye #5 (E102) Watermelon Blue #1 (E133) + Red #3 (E127) + Yellow #6 (E110) Cherry Red Dye #8 (E127) Green Apple Yellow Dye #5 (E102) + Blue Dye#1 (E133) Lime Blue #1 (E133) Yellow #5 (E102) + Green #3
Now doesn't that just sound yummy!