Naturally Dyed East Eggs

Courtesy of The Proper Palate


Easter eggs, we all love to sit around the table with our families and dye them for the Easter Bunny.  Growing up we all used the standard dyes from the grocery store, we didn’t know better.  I bet we didn’t even know what was in these dyes?  Ready to find out?

PROPYLENE GLYCOL, what the heck is that?!  It’s an odorless, syrup like synthetic substance that is added to almost everything, from dog food to automotive antifreeze. It’s a form of mineral oil, an alcohol produced by fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates.  There’s also varying forms of it to be used in items.  What can it do to you?  Skin Irritation and Allergic Reactions, Potentially Toxic to the Kidneys and Liver, Probably Not Safe for Infants or Pregnant Women, Neurological Symptoms, Cardiovascular Problems, Respiratory Issues, Potentially Bio accumulative in Certain Cases, May Be a Pathway for More Harmful Chemicals and the list goes on.

FD&C YELLOW 5 (Tartrazine) an artificial coloring, which means it comes out of a laboratory.  This gem of a coloring agent has been linked to asthma, migraines, thyroid cancer, anxiety, clinical depression, blurred vision, purple spots on your skin and unexplainable itchy skin.

FD&C RED 40, synthetically derived from petroleum this red dye is the most commonly used dye in the US.  Red 40 may cause symptoms of hypersensitivity in some people, including swelling around the mouth, and it may also cause hives. The colorant might contain contaminants that may contribute to cancer in humans and could trigger hyperactivity in children.  In a handful of studies, Red 40 damaged the DNA of mice.

FD&C BLUE 1, another synthetic dye that causes brain dysfunction, hives, respiratory issues, allergic skin reactions and more.

FD&C RED 3, Erythrosine synthetic food dye a derivative of fluorine.  Causes thyroid cancer, ADHD in children, causes DNA damage in human liver cells.

PROPYLPARABEN- synthetic chemical preservative.  Effects the male reproductive system in a negative way, breast tumors/ parabens mimic estrogens in the body and affect the growth of breast tissue, cancers of all types.

Now that you know all those horrible chemicals are in your traditional food dyes, will you still use them?  There are many safe alternative dyes on the market below are a few resources:

If not you can always use veggies and make your own there are tons of resources online for those:


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