Once upon a time, there were no food colorings.
Then folks figured out that food looks better and sells more when it can be enlivened through dyes. For most of food history, the dyes were from natural sources – beet juice for red, turmeric for yellow,etc…
However, in the quest to increase color intensity and lower manufacturing costs, cheap artificial dyes were introduced to market.
Unfortunately they pose a risk for hyperactivity in children, cancer, and allergic reactions.
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