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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on food additives. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • BarbaraH

    This video is misleading. The only people who are harmed by the dye are people who are allergic to it. You can have other reasons to be against squished bugs being added to your food (hmm… thinking…) but I don’t think you should label a food “harmful” because it can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Using that reasoning, you’d also have to call nuts and seeds harmful (just to point out the obvious).

    • Michael Greger M.D.

       Thank you for commenting, Barbara. When one is trying to decide if a food is harmful I try to look at risks versus benefits. Nuts and seeds have tremendous benefits, but if there’s little upside to eating bugs and some people suffer adverse reactions (whether a “true” allergy or not–we’re not really sure), then on balance I would stick with harmful, don’t you think?

    • Pat

      You have it right, BarbaraH! To the far side, eating “bugs” and other insects will be a fine source of protein in humanity’s ugly future. If some are allergic, too bad.
      Why is this cropping up a YEAR later?

  • Barbaracoop3

    I would like to know what kind of health issues can be caused by colorants in our foods?
    Thanks, Cooper

  • Chad McCurdy

    What do you think the possibility is that in these foods kids could also be ingesting insecticides?