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Red Food Dye Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Skittles, Doritos, Gatorade, Jell-O, Fruit Loops, and many other top-selling foods contain a synthetic dye called Allura Red AC. Illness and ulcerative colitis.

A small study in laboratory mice found that frequent and long-term exposure to dyes (also known as FD&C Red 40 and Food Red 17) impairs gut health and promotes inflammation. is suggested.

recently published Nature Communicationsa study found that the additive directly disrupts the intestinal barrier (which helps prevent bacterial invasion) and increases the production of serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter found in the gut. , this response alters the gut microbiota and increases susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Wariul Khan, senior author of the study, who studies gastrointestinal inflammation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said: