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Allergic to amaranth even though it sounds natural

Allergies to red food colouring are not uncommon, but when the name of the colour shown on the label is ‘amaranth’ (E123) it is easy to think this might be one of the more acceptable food colouring alternatives.

As a grain, amaranth is touted as one of the superfoods of the decade. High in protein and other essential minerals, it is an excellent substitute for gluten-based grains.

However, the synthetic chemical that is amaranth food colour does not have such a glowing reputation. Allergies and hyper-sensitive reactions are common responses with all the usual suspects like asthma, hay fever, hyperactivity and skin irritations also of concern.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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