Amaranth plant and products derived from it (flour, oil, seeds, meal), are only gaining popularity among our compatriots, more and more people learn about their incredible beneficial properties, which are described in detail in articles on our portal.
However, it is not uncommon for those who, with foaming at the mouth, prove the harm of amaranth and tell about its prohibition in the whole civilized world. Which ultimately pushes many from the plant.
Why is this happening and why are so conflicting opinions about amaranth, recognized as almost the food of the gods? Let’s try to understand this difficult question!
It’s all about the substitution of concepts!
It turns out that the whole thing is in the substitution of concepts, as well as the unwillingness of people to get to the truth and understand the essence of the issue.
Amaranth – a dangerous food dye. Under the name “Amaranth”, there is a special food dye that has received the classification number E123. But this dye has no direct or indirect relation to the plant itself – only the name binds them.
Therefore, people, having heard about amaranth and trying to find information about it, come across data on dyes and at this point they stop their searches, considering that the plant is extremely dangerous for humans.
What is the dye E123 (Amaranth)?
Indeed, there is such a dye that has several different spellings of the name:
It is included in the group of food additives and is a common food coloring. Although, in principle, it is difficult to consider it ordinary, because it is harmful to the body and is not allowed for use in many countries around the world.
The main characteristics of the E-123
This dye is a common chemical product obtained in the laboratory by synthetic means. For receiving powder coal tar is used.
It was designed to ensure that food acquired certain shades: Amaranth – a dye in powder form
- red with violet notes;
- red with blue notes;
- red with brown notes.
Apparently, its name is due to the fact that the dye is able to give a color similar to the shade of amaranth inflorescences.
The dye is made in the form of ordinary powder – it is freely soluble in any liquid. If the powder is heated to a temperature of 120 degrees Celsius and above, it will begin to decompose, but is not subject to melting, no matter what the temperature.
Today the powder dyeing with index E123 is included in the list of extremely dangerous additives.
Where and how was E123 powder used?
Previously, this food dye was fairly common and was actively used in various areas of the food industry – it was used for:
- making cupcakes;
- production of dry quick breakfasts;
- jelly production.
Also, the dye is often used in the manufacture of semi-finished products, beverages. In particular, it was used to color the food industry with its help:
- a variety of desserts and pastries, including ice cream;
- puddings, etc.
He was in demand in the production of cosmetics – for example, in the manufacture of lipstick, other decorative goods of this type.
By the way. The E-123 dye is in demand not only in the food industry, but also in other types of industry. For example, when dyeing paper or in the textile industry when creating fabrics of various colors (most often the tones mentioned above).
The negative impact of food dye “Amaranth” on the human body
Almost half a century ago, it was decided in the United States of America to conduct research in order to reveal how the food dye Amaranth E-123 affects the body.
Laboratory rats were used for the study. The results were almost shocked scientists. It turned out that the dye provokes irreversible changes in the liver, as well as a negative effect on the reproductive system.
In addition, a significant increase in the risk of formation of malignant tumors in rats was detected.
The data obtained led to the fact that E123 was officially recognized as a carcinogenic drug in the United States of America and prohibited to use.
By the way. During research it was also found that the dye is able to provoke congenital abnormalities in children. Therefore, pregnant women, small children are strictly prohibited to use any products with any dye content.
In the future, other negative Amaranth was also installed – a dangerous dye of the effects of the Amaranth dye on human health. In particular, it contributes to:
- the appearance of chronic rhinitis;
- there are allergies, manifested in the form of a rash, itching;
- problems in the liver and kidneys.
This dye should not be used by people who have an increased sensitivity to aspirin. Amaranth and children are forbidden for one more reason – it provokes hyperactivity.
In Ukraine and Russia, the use of the supplement Amaranth E123 is now prohibited. Although in some countries, for example, the same UK, the ban was not accepted.
This article proves that you can not make superficial conclusions about anything. You must first examine the topic as deeply as possible.
For example, under the word “amaranth” hides not only a dangerous dye, but also an extremely useful plant that is recommended for the prevention and treatment of various diseases.
Read more about the features of the use of amaranth in medicine, read the articles on our website, where there are many recipes and recommendations on how to use the plant and its products to defeat even the most dangerous diseases!