Food With Yellow 5


Identifying food with Yellow 5 color coded labels is one of the best ways to determine whether a food contains this artificial coloring. The label will include either a Y5 or E102. Both are associated with harmful side effects, including allergic reactions and cancer, which can be avoided by ditching the yellow ingredient altogether. 

Food With Yellow 5

Do you ever use the saying “Everything in moderation?” I do! I use it in the context of eating well-balanced meals, comprising a mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy, breads, etc. I use it to stop my son from eating an entire half-gallon of ice cream in one sitting. (Yes! He has tried!)

So, my initial inclination in this research was that a little bit of yellow dyes #5 and #6 probably wasn’t too bad for you. I thought that if you drank a gallon of the stuff, you would have problems, but who would do that? Again, I was wrong!

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the acceptable daily intake for yellow dye #5 is 5 mg/kg/day. For a 30 kg child, that is 150 mg/day. Is that a lot? A little? I have no idea! In fact, it has been almost impossible to find out how much tartrazine is included in products. There appears to be no requirement to report the quantity of this chemical in the food you feed your family.

What about yellow dye #6 (sunset yellow)? In 2011, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted to reduce the allowable level of sunset yellow to 20 mg/liter of soda. That was after the European Food Safety Authority found that exposure to this chemical was too high, especially in children.

So, how much is your family eating and drinking? Do you know? The next section will list some of the surprising foods and drinks that contain these chemicals.

Foods Containing Tartrazine

The full listing is absolutely scary, but I will give a representative listing of some of the more commonly used foods that may have these colorings present.

  • Cubed or powdered chicken broth
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Jello
  • Kool Aid
  • Pasta
  • Pancake mix
  • Frosting
  • Pickles
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Creamy orange cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Butter and margarine
  • Ice cream
  • Popsicles
  • Many sodas
  • Alcohol mixers and some beers
  • Boxed dinners (such as cheese-flavored rice or pasta)
  • Flavored milk
  • Orange-colored chips

I was absolutely stunned as I walked around my kitchen looking at the ingredients of the foods I use most often. Not surprisingly, it is found more frequently in processed foods such as boxed dinners. It is not found as often in the fruit, vegetable, or meat sections of the grocery store, but be careful and check the ingredients.

Foods in My House With Yellow Dye

Yellow #5Yellow #6
Froot LoopsKeebler Crackers (3 varieties)
Lemon JelloLemon Jello
Knorr Chicken BouillonKnorr Chicken Bouillon

What to Know About Yellow 5 Food Dye

Food dye is an artificial product that’s added to many food products to make them look more appealing. Yellow 5 food dye is also known as tartrazine. This pigment dissolves in water and has a bright, lemon-yellow color that is used in many foods and drinks. 

Where You’ll Find It

Yellow 5 is a popular food color because manufacturers can mix it to make numerous other dyes. You may consume Yellow 5 as part of your regular diet. It can be found in a variety of foods, including:

  • Cereal
  • Sodas
  • Gelatins
  • Frosting
  • Spices
  • Sauces
  • Yogurt
  • Juices

This popular dye can also be found in drugs, cosmetics, and even paint.

Other common examples of products that contain tartrazine include:

  • Lipsticks
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Detergents
  • Shampoos
  • Vitamin pills

Tartrazine is also used in food for cats, dogs, fish, birds, and small rodents. 

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