Yellow Number Five Essay

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Yellow #5: yellow number five also known as tartrazine affects the human body in several ways. When one consumes products with yellow 5 you lose zinc through your saliva and urine. Zinc is an essential element for the chemical compound of one’s body. Your body uses zinc in hundreds of ways, zinc is required for your metabolism of carbohydrates and fat, protein, alcohol. Not just limited to that zinc “is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production” (“yellow No. 5”).
Blue #1: Blue number one can be known as Brilliant Blue FCF can be traced to pesticide formulations applied to growing crops or …show more content…

The pigment comes from the coating of the seeds it is not uncommon to see this colorant as a paste or a powder. Coming from a Hispanic family, I am surprised to learn that the coloring that is used in tacos al pastor is being used in the food I consumed. This colorant is exempted from the FDA guide lines because of it being a natural substance not a man-made colorant.
Soy lecithin: Soy lecithin is found in almost all the products that we consume. Soy lecithin is created by extracting the oil from the beans usually hexane, after this the raw oil goes through a refining process where the crude oil gets mixed with water so that the lecithin may become hydrated so that they can be removed. But there is a staggering concern with the amount of hexane let over from this process. People with soy allergies should try to avoid this chemical but not necessarily cancel this product from their diet, but should be cautious.
Malic Acid: Is considered to be safe by the FDA, malic acid was first isolated by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1785. This acid is very tart it is most commonly found in green apples and present in wine grapes. One should not consume so much malic acid because it can cause irritation of the

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