I’m only allergic to two things (that I know of): Flea bites and Red Dye #2. I remember when I was younger, how my body broke out in a mosaic of red splotches, almost as red as the Cherry Water Ice I had eaten the night prior. Since then, I’ve been wary about food dyes-developing a preference for “plainer” appearances. But unfortunately, that’s not the norm in America (recall: Heinz Ketchup’s line of ketchups as colorful as a crayon box).  We may eat with our eyes first, but our eyes cannot  continued to be fooled by the razzles and dazzles that lead to disease.

 Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s new book, Rich Food, Poor Food compiles the list of 8 foods Americans love to eat, but are banned in other countries. See the posting on Buzzfeed Food

1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and TAR! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.

For more information on artificial dyes, visit 100 Days of Real Food.