IBD: Common red food coloring may cause intestinal inflammation, colitis

Which foods contain red dye?
  • In a recent study, researchers investigated the effects of a commonly used food dye, “Allura Red,” on intestinal inflammation and whether it could cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colitis.
  • Using an animal model, they found that chronic but not intermittent consumption of Allura Red induced mild intestinal inflammation in mice.
  • The researchers hope their findings will alert consumers to the potential harms of food dyes.

?Which foods contain red dye

Western diets that include high levels of additives, fats, red meat, and sugar alongside a low intake of fibers are known to trigger chronic intestinal inflammation.


Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
  • Food additives, emulsifiers, and synthetic colorants are widely used to improve the texture, preservation, and aesthetics of food.

    Allura Red is found in common processed foods like candies, snack food, soft drinks, dairy products, and cereals, including:

    • Skittles
    • Strawberry Fanta
    • Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
    • Froot Loops
    • Nabisco Oreo Winter Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    source : Medical News Today

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