As Israelite women we have a righteous diet to uphold for ourselves and families. When grocery shopping I’m always looking for a label, and if there’s a section listing ingredients I’m all over it with my magnifier! Recently, I’ve learned about an ingredient used as an artificial coloring agent in food and drinks known as Red 40 or Allura Red AC. Red 40 is misunderstood for the Cochineal Dye. Cochineal dye is used for its rich red color and is used in food drinks, cosmetics. Its alternate names are Carmine, Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A, Brilliant Scarlet, New Coccine, and SX Purple, It can also be under Red 40 also. Allura Red AC is a red azo dye which also goes by several names including: Allura Red, Food Red 17, C.I. 16035, FD&C Red 40, E129, 2-naphthalenesulfonic acid, 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-, disodium salt, and disodium 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-2-naphthalenesulfonate. I know some of the names toward the end of the last sentence seems “unlikely” to be seen in use, but I promise you that this ingredient is used under these names. Allura Red AC has the appearance of a dark red powder. It’s mostly used as a coloring agent in food, candy, drinks, drugs and cosmetics. Red AC was originally manufactured from coal tar (YIKES), but is now mostly made from petroleum (double YIKES). Completely UNNATURAL and sounds dangerous right?!
BAD After Effects
In some people Allura Red AC may cause hypersensitivity like swelling around the mouth and cause hives. It is so dangerous that it can even cause cancer, and in our children, extreme hyperactivity to psychotic behavior and extreme mood swings!
Choose products containing paprika, beet juice, carotene, red cabbage and turmeric. These alternatives will give you a rich red color, but healthy and even taste better! To make little room for mistakes I don’t really buy packaged and boxed food very much. My family can’t even eat anything packaged or boxed unless I approve, and my approval is based on 1. Is it lawful? 2. If the item has more than 7 ingredients it’s a NO, and 3. It has to be beneficial (nutritious). Try going all fresh and cooking everything yourself instead of relying on packaged and boxed food. The wicked is serious about trying to eliminate us. So we have to be on our toes and be wise. We have to be careful to not break our dietary laws and defile our temple!
Ecclesiasticus 30:25 “A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.”
I hope this is enlightening my Sisters <3
Sabella24’s Journal: http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/1390040/Red_40_Dangers
Food Dyes: Are They Safe? http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/food-dyes-are-they-safe
For a small list of products using Red 40: http://red40.com/pages/foods/snacks.html, also, I’ve found Hot Fries and Hot Cheetos, and punches and colored sodas with Red #40.