Artificial colors fight cancer?

Everyday I think I get a little more confused about what I should and should not ingest. I thought food dyes were supposed to be one of the things that cause cancer.   Screw it, I’m going to eat dinner!

    Synthetic food dyes – long blamed for causing hyperactivity in children – may have a good side: some of them may protect against cancer.

    Gayle Orner at Oregon State University in Corvallis added the carcinogens dibenzopyrene (DBP) or aflatoxin to the feed of trout for one month, with or without the food dyes Red 40 – one of six recently linked to hyperactivity in children – or Blue 2.

    Nine months later, trout that had been fed either of the dyes in combination with aflatoxin had 50 per cent fewer liver tumours, compared with those that had been exposed to aflatoxin alone. Trout that had been fed DBP in combination with Red 40 had a 50 per cent lower incidence of stomach cancer and a 40 per cent lower incidence of liver cancer.

    “The public perception is that food dyes are bad, but some of them may have good points as well,” says Orner, who presented her results at the American Association for Cancer Research in San Diego, California, last week.    While the amounts of dye eaten by the fish could be matched by eating a lot of sweets and soft drinks, Orner advises against this strategy. Instead, she says the next step is to understand the mechanism by which these food dyes exert their anti-cancer effect.

    From http://www.New Scientist.com

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    One Response

    1. This is not surprising since food dyes are very similar to drugs, and drugs can do many things, both positive and negative. Interestingly, food dyes have also been found to cause cancer. I’ll take my peanut butter minus petroleum-based food dyes, thanks!

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