Food dyes found in candies and carbonated beverages have been linked to IBD, Crohn's disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
Food makers utilise synthetic meals colours extensively to look food more appealing and appealing.
Many people are unaware of the health risks that these dyes might provide.
Several of these food colours might have a negative impact on your healthy gut.
According to a recent study reported in Nature Communications, long-term intake of Allura Red, a commonly consumed food colour used in sweets, soft drinks, dairy products, and some cereals, might cause cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) and ulcerative colitis.
Allura Red, also known as FD&C Red 17 and Food Red 40, is a popular additive used to add colour and texture to meals, generally to make them more attractive to children.
McMaster University researchers discovered that chronic exposure to Allura Red affected gut barrier function, resulting in increased serotonin synthesis, gut microbiota imbalance, and vulnerability to inflammatory process and colitis.
Serotonin, a hormone/neurotransmitter present in the gut, has been discovered as a major element mediating Allura Red's negative effects on gut health.
The discovery that this popular food colour is a probable dietary trigger for inflammatory bowel disorders (IBDs) is "shocking and disturbing," according to senior scientist Waliul Khan.
He feels that what they discovered has crucial implications for the prevention and control of gut inflammation, as well as alerting individuals to the possible dangers of food dyes they ingest on a regular basis.
According to the expert, Allura Red consumption is also known to effect specific allergies, immunological illnesses, and behavioural difficulties in youngsters, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
IBD can cause major problems such as intestinal haemorrhage, bowel rupture, bowel blockage, toxic megacolon (life-threatening dilatation of the colon), malnutrition, and even raise the colon cancer risk (particularly ulcerative colitis).
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a significant intestinal ailment that causes persistent inflammation (swelling and pain) in the intestines. Millions of individuals are affected with IBD.