Red 40 Allergy...

Baking By Burnsuego Updated 25 Oct 2011 , 1:14pm by MsGF

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Burnsuego Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 3:07am
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I'm doing a cake for my son's Halloween party next Monday which I'm so excited for, but one of the kids in his class has an allergy to red die. My question is: Can i even use orange food coloring? Or is there a way to get orange with out using red 40? THanks!!!

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amarilloyankee Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 3:34am
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No any color derived from red will cause the allergy! I am allergic to red dyes in Medicine. So orange, peach, pink, maroon etc will cause the allergy! It totally bites trust me!! You would be amazed how much has red dye i

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jason_kraft Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 3:57am
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Most powdered food coloring other than red does not contain Red 40. For example, powdered orange food coloring contains only dextrose and Yellow 5, which is typically derived from a synthetic compound called tartrazine, as opposed to the petroleum-based Red 40.

Of course some people have allergies to several different synthetic food dyes, in which case you would want to use natural dyes from India Tree.

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momg9 Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 12:30pm
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I think you can get dye free food color at Whole Foods Market.

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MCurry Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 12:42pm
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Another option to explore is beet juice. Many bakers use this to color their red velvet cake vs. red dye. If you using other colors on the cake, I would take the advice of the others who posted.

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MsGF Posted 25 Oct 2011 , 1:14pm
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Check out Look at their Natural Decorating Colours

They are supposed to be all natural no added dyes. Maybe they would work. I have never used them but I know people who have and they like them.

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