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5 popular products that contain harmful colorings and chemicals

5 popular products that contain harmful colorings and chemicals What foods contain a lot of harmful colorings (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Some foods contain chemicals and food colors that can be harmful to health. Consumption over a long period of time can have serious consequences. Therefore, it is worth knowing which products to exclude from your diet, according to the website Eat This, Not That!


Many candies contain several types of food coloring.

E124 - red cochenille is found in candy, syrups, ketchup, canned salmon, cherries, carbonated drinks, marzipan, and jelly. Risks include hyperactivity, asthma, urticaria, and insomnia.

Although there is controversial research surrounding food coloring, it has no nutritional value and should be minimized in your diet.


Cereal is a traditional breakfast for many people and is a light food.

While some contain high amounts of protein and fiber, others are high in sugar and questionable ingredients. BHT and BHA are preservatives that are added to processed foods such as cereals and crackers.


It is known for its bright white color and contains food coloring, just like colored marshmallows.

Marshmallows are also high in sugar, low in fiber, and lacking in any noticeable trace minerals. Although these sweets are popular, you should limit their consumption and eat more nutritious sweets, such as dark chocolate and fruit.

Granola bars

Granola bars have become a popular breakfast and snack food. They are highly processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.

Instead of a traditional cereal bar, choose a variant with a more complete diet and real food ingredients.


Not only can chips be a source of calories, but they can also contain many artificial ingredients. The bright orange color of many chips often comes from artificial colors.

Artificial colors contain hydrogenated oil, which leads to trans fats.

Allergies to food additives and colors

Its symptoms appear immediately after eating the product, while food intolerance occurs in a few hours or even days. In case of allergy, the following reactions may occur

  • rash - urticaria, atopic dermatitis, Quincke's edema, redness, itching
  • gastrointestinal tract - abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • respiratory system - runny nose, nasal congestion, cough, asthma attack, anaphylaxis

Allergies to natural food colors and spices are detected after special tests and skin tests.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.