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Should Vitamins Containing Artificial Food Colors Carry Warning Labels?

The other day, I was looking through the vitamin section of a local grocery store chain, to see who made the vitamins and how many synthetic ingredients were listed, along with the numerous preservatives and other weird chemical ingredients.

Here's what was also listed on almost every one of them. Some or all of these artificial colors:

yellow #6 Lake, yellow #5 Lake
blue #1 Lake #2 Lake

Artificial food and supplement colorings are made of coal tar and petrochemicals. Who would knowingly eat that? Among other things, artificial food colorings are shown to increase hyperactivity and decrease attention span in a wide range of children.

In a recent report which received huge publicity, Vitamins A, C and E are 'a waste of time and may even shorten your life' there was a big outcry from people promoting vitamins, accusing Big Pharma of being behind this sort of trashing of vitamins, since they promote drugs.

However, the vitamins in this big review of studies including over 200,000 subjects, were synthetic. If the sample we received is any indication, they also contained artificial food colorings.

Why then, should the recent findings that most vitamins did nothing, and perhaps increased mortality among the people taking them, be surprising?

Synthetic vitamins have been associated for at least twelve years with increased rates of lung cancer and heart attacks, as well as increased birth defects for women, for example.

People take vitamins because they believe it increases their health and possibly, their longevity.

Now we see that nearly all of them are not only synthetic, but have food colorings which are known to be toxic.

Is it really any surprise then that most of our vitamins might not really be safe?

Check your bottle. See if they have artificial food colorings. If so, you can bet they're also synthetic. Goes together.

There are whole-food supplements on the market. Go to a health food store and ask for them.

But for goodness sakes, throw out all of those vitamins that are filled with artificial food colorings and contain mostly synthetic vitamins.

You're better off taking nothing.