Paint with the Colors of the Wind

A wise woman once asked, “Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” And by “wise woman” we mean Disney’s version of Pocahontas.  And while we can’t exactly paint with the colors of the wind, we can refrain from painting our baked goods with Red 40, Red #3, Blue #1, Blue #2, Yellow #5, and Yellow #6, just to name a few.


Take a look at just about any processed food and you are sure to find one of these dyes listed in the ingredients.  Naturally, we can eat them, right?  The answer is yes, you can...but…


Red #3 and Red 40: Currently banned in many European countries or marked as “not recommended for children”.  Spoiler alert, we can eat these in America.  Red 40 is just about in everything...cherry pie mix, grenadine, red fruit drinks, ice cream…


Blue #1 and Blue #2: Banned in Finland, France, and Norway, studies have shown these two dyes to cause brain cancer as well as inhibit nerve-cell development.


Yellow #5: Banned in Norway and Austria, this innocent little dye contains cancer-causing compounds and has been shown to have the ability to mutate the DNA within a healthy cell.


Yellow #6: Known to cause tumors in the kidneys and adrenal glands of laboratory animals, yellow #6 is banned in Norway and Finland.  Look for it in many of your cheeses and carbonated beverages.


We know, we know.  These results are largely due to a laboratory rat being fed large amounts of dye until something happens.  So for all of you skeptics out there, we get it.  Truly.  But the fact of the matter is that so many countries deem these dyes to be unfit for consumption and, if given the choice between a completely safe dye and a sketchy one, which would you pick?


Here at UnGrained, we like to sleep sound, so we would like to announce loud and proud that we now use India Tree Nature’s Colors exclusively.  Their ingredient list is pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves...and we do.


Blue: Glycerin, water, vegetable juice, spirulina

Yellow: Glycerin, water, vegetable juice, turmeric

Red: Glycerin, water, turmeric


That’s it, we swear.  The best part?  They don’t taste like anything, so your vanilla icing vanilla.  Only.


No funny aftertaste.  No incriminating medical rap sheet.  Just desserts your body deserves.




steve peele