Food Dyes may Trigger Colitis, IBD in Some People: Study

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A growing number of scientists now recognize that the increased consumption of processed foods and food additives like synthetic food dyes in the human diet in recent years correlate with an increase in the incidence of illnesses–including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Now one team of scientists have examined the role that synthetic food dyes in particular may play in illnesses like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The results from recent scientific research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggest that certain artificial food dyes can cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)* when the immune system has become dysregulated. More specifically, the study found that mice with dysregulated expression of the immune system cytokine IL-23 developed colitis when they consumed food with the artificial food colorantsRed 40 and Yellow 6**. Development of colitis in the animals also required the presence of commensal bacteria that could metabolize the…

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