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New California Bill Could Be First in Nation to Require Food Dye Labeling

If a California state senator has his way, warning labels on foods containing synthetic dyes will soon become mandatory, whether the foods are sold in stores or restaurants. The European Union already requires labels on certain colors, according to Civil Eats. If California passes such a law, it would be the first in the U.S.

More than 10,000 additives are allowed in foods in the U.S., which includes those that are added directly to your food and those in the packaging, which can migrate to your food. Not only that, additives are not automatically required to get premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration — industry-friendly legal loopholes exempt many potentially risky additives from the approval process.

Additives are used in food processing to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, and enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals. Additives also are meant to improve taste, texture and appearance, as many processed foods would be as dull and bland as cardboard without some artificial help. 

If you eat processed foods, you’re consuming a chemical cocktail with each bite, whether it’s bread, processed cheese, cereals, salad dressings and more. If you do buy processed products, read the labels and avoid anything that contains such things as: sodium sulphite; butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA; butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT); sulfur dioxide; potassium bromate; artificial sweeteners; and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or corn sweeteners or syrups.

If you’re ready to ditch processed foods and cravings are a problem, please see my article on how to eliminate junk food cravings. One of the most effective strategies to eliminate sugar cravings is intermittent fasting. A psychological acupressure technique called the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can also help you control your emotional food cravings.
 
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