I Spy Food Dye...

I10316, D&C Yellow No. 7, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex….

Just a few of many magic little words that all mean the same thing: “food coloring.”

Several self-reported studies have shown that additives, including artificial food coloring is a common food trigger for Migraines. In the US, batch certification, or testing by the FDA is required for most food additives. In cosmetics, colors are not always batch certified and may be under different names such as “caramel.”


So as you can see, it’s not always easy to know when, if, or how what you’re eating contains food coloring.


Here are a few clues to find out whether or not your food contains artificial food coloring”

1.)  D&C (stands for “drugs and cosmetics”)

2.)  FD&C (“Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics”)

3.)  Ci, followed by a series of numbers (EU labeling name)

4.)  Color name, No. and a number, usually after “D&C” (FDA Food Additive Label)

5.)  Ext. D&C

6.)  Ext., and color (abbreviated name)

7.)  “substrates” and “lakes” (e.g. potassium lake)


Sources: http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/colors-cosmetics-regulation-and-nomenclature-united-states