Colored Foods Among 5-14 Yr Olds

Socioeconomic Factors and Consumption of Artificially Colored Foods Among 5- to 14-Year-Old Children in Kuwait

Adnan Husain A1, Wajih Sawaya A1, Fawzia Al-Awadhi A2, Nawal Al-Hamad A2, Mona Al-Sumaie A2, Entesar Al-Shami A2, Muntaha Al-Raqwa A2

A1 Biotechnology Department, Food Resources and Marine Sciences Divisions, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat, Kuwait A2 Nutrition and Food Administration, Ministry of Health, Kuwait

Abstract:

The average daily intakes of artificial food colors consumed by 5- to 14-year-old children in Kuwait were estimated on the basis of the average daily consumption of artificially colored foodstuffs by each age group and analytical determination of the levels of artificial colors in these foodstuffs.

The results indicated that of nine permitted colors, four exceeded the acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) as set by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO).

Statistical analysis was performed to evaluate the influence of various socioeconomic factors on the average daily intake of artificial food colors among these children and data obtained showed significant differences for these parameters.

Ecology of Food and Nutrition Volume 45, Number 1 / January-February 2006 Pages: 39 - 52

DOI: 10.1080/03670240500408369

Ann's NOTE: Is it possible our kids (USA) eat more artificially-colored foods? Just a thought.


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