Today we are going to go over FD & C Blue 1. You can see what is FD&C Blue 1 Lake and how it is used. This blue #1 came up as an ingredient on a product we dissected.
All of the products that we found that have “FD&C Blue 1 Lake” will be listed at the bottom of this page.
What is FD&C Blue 1 Lake
As the name suggest, this is a blue color. Food manufactures add FD&C Blue 1 Lake to their product to turn it shades of blue.
This exact blue dye is known by various names, depending on the product label. Some common names include:
- Blue #1
- Blue Lake #1
- Patent Blue AR
- Brilliant Blue FCF
- Xylene Blue VSG
- Acid Blue 9
- D&C Blue No. 4
There are only 2 blue dyes US Food And Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in the USA. They are Blue #1 or Blue #2. These are the only blue dyes that can be used to create consumable products in the USA.
How Is FD&C Blue 1 Lake Used?
Like I mention FD&C Blue 1 Lake is generally used as a food coloring for processed foods. There are other uses for this same dye in medicine, cosmetics, and industrial fabrications.
FD&C Blue 1 Lake can be used to make just about any kind of food product. The ultimate reason why food producers use the artificial color is to change the color of their product.
Brilliant blue can be mixed to products a variety of colors, just like an artist mixes colors to paint.
This food color can be found in thousands of packages of processed foods and drinks.
Cosmetic companies are top users in FD&C Blue 1 Lake. With a booming beauty market, cosmetic companies are frequently changing their product colors. Makeup colors also tend to change multiple times a year, usually by season.
Makeup companies can easily mix the brilliant blue color with other colors. By mixing a combination of colors together, these make up companies can make thousands of unique color pallets.
Hygiene Product Uses
Personal hygiene products also use this blue dye in some of their products. It could be used to distinguish options offered by the same product line. Or it could be used for one brand to stand out over another brand.
In hygiene products the blue colors are usually used solely for customer appeal or marketing. Many studies have showed that consumers buy a lot of blue hygiene products.
Products such as shampoo, toothpaste and mouthwash are great examples. Many consumers prefer these products blue. If the items were clear or white, they would likely be overlooked in a store.
In the hygiene industry blue colors make the products more attractive to consumers. I think it possibly suggest that the product is more “clean” or more “fresh” or possibly more “natural”.
In the medical industry doctors and surgeons use FD&C Blue 1 Lake for medical procedures. The dye can be:
- Injected into the body for diagnostics
- Used to color medications
- Applied during wound care
- Its also helpful in internal medical therapy
I am not a medical professional, so I can’t really provide extensive details in how the blue dye is used in these types of procedures. If you are curious, I’m sure your doctor would answer any questions you may have.
What I can go over is why medicines are often artificially colored.
Being able to identify medications is crucial. A simple human error can literally kill a patient in less than a minute.
Drug manufactures can easily add artificial colors to change the appearance of medications. This is done to identify or label certain drugs. This is by far the most beneficial use for artificial food coloring.
This identification tool is used by:
- Home Care Employees
- Drug Manufactures
Industrial Uses For Blue #1
While this particular blue dye is most popular in other applications, it can still be used to make industrial products.
You may find FD&C Blue 1 Lake as an ingredient on:
- Chemical Solutions
Controversies About Artificial Colors
There is no shortage of opinions about artificial colors in proceeded foods. Parents have been the most active about spreading the word about the “dangers of artificial colors”.
Many consumers believe that children that consume artificial colors are being adversely affected.
There have been multiple studies published on the effects of foods dyes on children. Some say that children are becoming hyper active due to eating artificial food dyes.
A do remember 1 specific article, but I can not remember where I read it.
An experiment was performed on newborn puppies. Some of the puppies were fed artificial dyes with their milk and others were fed regular milk. The results of that study showed that the dye fed puppies were more active. While the puppies that were fed regular milk were less active.
There have also been theories of dyes causing:
- Birth Defects
- And the list goes on
As of today the FDA stands behind the current FDA approved artificial food colors. Multiple studies have been performed and published by various scholars in the field. None of these studies have effected the food industries ability to market artificially colored foods. As long as the ingredients are FDA approved, they are considered safe to consume.
Side Effects Of FD&C Blue 1 Lake
With all of the information that I read, I’m feeling confident that the colorant likely causes kids to be more hyper. Probably similar to eating a lot of sugar.
There have been no evidence of the dyes causing serious illnesses. I also have not found any deaths linked to food dyes.
These side effects are as I mentioned highly debated.
Proven Side Effects
- Some real side effects are allergic reactions. There have been multiple confirmed reports of consumers being allergic to FD&C Blue 1 Lake.
- It has also been reportedly having an aggravating effect on some consumers with asthma.
Scientific study says that when Blue #1 is eaten, more than 90% can be found in feces. Meaning that the human body passes the dye through the digestion system and it is pooped out.
Human poop is all of the waste that your body does not absorb. The human body considers this blue food color as waste products.
My personal thoughts are about the poop.
If I eat something, and it’s just going to be discarded as waste – then why eat it?
If you eat a small piece of rubber, you will poop it out. Its foreign to your body. Your body does not want it. Most importantly is that your body knows that it is not food.
Artificial food colors have only 1 purpose, to change the color of a food. They do not effect flavor or provide nutrition. So why eat it?
Then along with the all of the controversy and theories floating around food dyes, what if a theory is correct?
It just leads me to think that consuming artificial food colors just isn’t worth it at all.
- No point
- Speculations of risk
- Proof that you body rejects them
So I would put FD&C 1 Lake on the “Do Not Eat List”. It’s just not worth it. Even though the dye is FDA approved, it should probably be avoided in a diet.
If it can’t be completely avoided, it can easily be restricted to consumed only as needed. I know that you can completely avoid any possible risk, by simply not eating it.
Products With FD&C Blue 1 Lake As An Ingredient
These are the products we have dissected, that contain the blue color. On these labels “FD&C Blue 1 Lake” is stated as an ingredient on the package. This list will grow as we dissect more products.
- Family Wellness Extra Strength Antacid Tablets sold by Family Dollar stores. Assorted Berry Flavors in the 96 chewable tablets package size. Calcium Carbonate is listed as the the only active ingredient. There are also 11 inactive ingredients listed in this same product. Including Adipic Acid, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Dextrose, FD&C Blue 1 Lake, FD&C Red 40 Lake, Flavors, Magnesium Stearate, Maltodextrin, Sucrose, Talc.