Also known as artificial dyes, color additives have been banned in numerous countries, but our country seems to totally agree with their use. Red #40 and Yellow #6 are commonly used in food products. Crackers, macaroni and cheese, sports drinks, kids’ cereals, and cheese-flavored chips contain artificial colors.
Unfortunately, several studies suggest that these dyes could cause growth abnormalities, organ damage, allergies, and even hyperactivity in children. Some food dyes may even cause cancer. For instance, Yellow #5 and #6 have been associated with breast cancer because, as studies suggest, they act the same way as estrogen in our bodies.