Tip for the Day
There are three common colorants that are used, mainly Tartrazine E102, Annato E160(B) and Aluminum E173.
Tartrazine is bright yellow dye ranging from cream to yellow to orange to green, commonly found in many sweets. This colorant generally has a wide range of allergic and intolerant symptoms including hyperactivity in children, asthma, migraines and skin rashes.
Food that is tartrazine free can contain other harmful additives, so always check what other ingredients it may contain as these can also be harmful – for instance Annato and Aluminium.
Annato is used to colour cheese and butter. Known to cause bad skin rashes.
Aluminium found in cooking pots when oxidation contaminates the food while being heated. This metal has been known to play a part in Alzheimer’s.