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#1 of 4 Old 09-05-2004, 11:27 PM - Thread Starter
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My dd's birthday is coming up in a couple months. Today I bought a Wilton cake pan, and the design of course includes a few different frosting colors.

Are all food colorings dangerous, or are some really truly safe to eat? I mean, I know if I asked this question on a mainstream board, everyone would chime in and say, "Of course food coloring is safe, it's made for food bla bla bla." But aren't some food dyes known to be carcinogenic? Is it some or all? Is McCormick's food coloring safe?

Please help. My daughter will love this cake design, but I don't want to use any toxic ingredients.
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#2 of 4 Old 09-06-2004, 12:13 AM
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If you are very concerned, and if your colors don't have to be super-bright, you can use the natural food coloring gel made by Dancing Deer.

Food Gels

They're out of stock right now, but you say you have a couple of months to go. They sell them elsewhere, too, but I can't find any in stock anywhere. The company has a hard time keeping up with demand (especially near Halloween).

I have McCormick food dyes in my house. We use them for crafts, but not for food. The dyes are all approved by the FDA, but that doesn't mean anything in my book. The food colorings also contain propylene glycol (used in anti-freeze) and a preservative called propylparaben, which, like all the parabens, can cause skin irritation and hormone disruption. I looked up propylparaben on Google and found a Material Safety Data Sheet page....the first warning was "harmful if swallowed."
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If you have a Whole Foods near you, they have a set of food coloring jars in the baking section made with all natural dyes. No artificial colors or polyparaben, etc.

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As a Feingold diet person, any artificial dyes are strictly off limits. Although I have only one son who needs to follow the diet, we all stay away from artificial color, its so much healthier!
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