Science has already revealed how toxic FD&C color pigments are to humans, but laws have not yet caught up to the science. A totally unnecessary toxin, colors are simply added to make things look pretty.


What are FD&C Color Pigments? FD&C Color Pigments are synthetically produced colors found in many cleansing, beauty products, and foods. They are made from coal tar, which contain toxic heavy metal salts.



What is FD&C? The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. It was passed to regulate potentially harmful ingredients in products sold within the U.S. Imagine that. Yet, it doesn’t stop hundreds of known carcinogens from being included in our products. Why? Who knows! The standards weed out some highly toxic ingredients, but many toxic and deadly color pigments are still permitted within the law. FD&C color pigments, otherwise known as artificial coloring or food dyes, are found in many everyday personal care, “health” and beauty products including shampoos, facial cleansers, body washes, baby products, toothpastes, cosmetics, wipes, lotions, hand washes, deodorants and creams. Chances are, any product that is used for body cleaning purposes and does not claim to be all-natural or organic will likely contain FD&C color pigments.



Why are FD&C Color Pigments Dangerous? When FD&C color pigments are applied to the skin, toxic heavy metal salts found in coal tar may cause external irritation or sensitivity. But that only scratches the surface on why FD&C color pigments are dangerous. As they absorb into skin, they can deplete the body of oxygen. Without oxygen fueling our cells, we have less energy and our bodies don’t function properly. If that weren't enough, clinical trials done on animals have shown FD&C color pigments are almost all carcinogenic. In a report entitled “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risk” released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), possible side effects of color pigments include: kidney tumors, brain tumors, urinary bladder tumors, testes tumors, immune system tumors, organ damage, birth defects, nerve cell damage, hypersensitivity and hyperactivity. Almost all dyes contain these cancer-causing chemicals individually and may have increased effects when combined. If you ask me, pretty colors just aren't worth it!


Check out the article on Rainbow of Risk here: new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf


*****The European Union recently passed guidelines requiring warnings on packaging of foods that contain certain food dyes. The U.S. does not have these stringent practices in place at this time.