4-20-11: Would a Cheeto of Any Other Color Taste as Sweet?
This month, an FDA committee examined the evidence linking artificial food dyes to hyperactivity in children. The hearing was in response to a petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest to ban these ingredients. The committee concluded that there was not enough evidence to warrant banning the additives or even to include warnings on the package.
Tom Hall talks with nutritionist Monica Reinagel about the politics behind the ruling, and why some people still want their kids to avoid these dyes–while others are using colors to help eat more healthfully.
Food dyes also pop up where you might not expect: brightly colored foods like jelly beans are pretty obvious, but food dyes are also used in food that you might not think they would, like chocolate chip cookies. And it turns out that we actually respond much more strongly to colored food.
Monica Reinagel hosts a podcast as the Nutrition Diva–you can listen to more of her thoughts on artificial coloring here. Her latest book is called Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid, and What to Stop Worrying About.