This article will inform you about whether Peach Jell-O has dyes, specifically red dye. Here is what you need to know about red dye in Peach Jell-O…
Peach Jell-O & Red Dye
Yes, Peach Jell-O has red dye. Red dye is used in the original and sugar-free versions of these gelatin dessert products.
Specifically, Peach Jell-O contains Red #40. It is a synthetic dye that has been approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA). Other FDA approved synthetic dyes used in Peach Jell-O are Yellow #6 and Blue #1.
Red #40 is also called Allura Red AC and is one of the most popular dyes used in foods and beverages. It also can be found in cosmetics and medications.
Here are the ingredients for both varieties of Peach Jell-O:
Peach Jell-O Ingredients: Sugar, Gelatin, Adipic Acid, Contains Less Than 2% of Artifical Flavor, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Fumaric Acid, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1.
Sugar-Free Peach Jell-O Ingredients: Gelatin, Adipic Acid, Maltodextrin, Disodium Phosphate, Fumaric Acid, Aspartame* (Sweetener), Contains Less Than 2% Of Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Salt, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1.*phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine.
Be aware that Red Dye 40 may be linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHS) symptoms in children and potentially has other side effects from consume it. Read this GoodRX Health article if you are interested in learning more about the possible health effects of red dye 40.
Other Jell-O Products & Dyes
Jell-O products have dye in them to make their flavors consistent with their colors. For example, it is much more appealing to consume Orange Jell-O that is orange in color similar to the fruit compared to a color such as purple which we typically don’t associate with oranges.
The table below reflects the dyes used in the various Jell-O products listed below. Many flavors contain red dye but there are certainly options without it.
|Jell-O Product||Dye Used|
|Orange||Red 40, Yellow 6|
|Strawberry Banana||Red 40|
|Strawberry Kiwi||Red 40|
|Cherry||Red 40, Blue 1|
|Black Cherry||Red 40, Blue 1|
|Island Pineapple||Yellow 5, Yellow 6|
|Berry Blue||Blue 1|
|Blackberry Fusion||Red 40, Blue 1|
|Lemon||Yellow 5, Yellow 6|
|Lime||Blue 1, Yellow 5|
|Mango||Yellow 5, Yellow 6|
|Peach||Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1|
|Grape||Red 40, Blue 2|
|Cranberry||Red 40, Blue 1|
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