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Food dyes may protect against cancer

May 12th, 2008

Those synthetic food dyes might not be all bad. From New Scientist:

Gayle Orner at Oregon State University in Corvallis added the carcinogens dibenzopyrene (DBP) or aflatoxin to the feed of trout for one month, with or without the food dyes Red 40 – one of six recently linked to hyperactivity in children – or Blue 2.

Nine months later, trout that had been fed either of the dyes in combination with aflatoxin had 50 per cent fewer liver tumours, compared with those that had been exposed to aflatoxin alone.

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Gayle Orner is a Research Assistant Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU.

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