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Green Beer -Not So Green
March 15, 2010, 7:53 pm
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Green Beer -Not So Green

Turns out, that the ingredients most commonly used on St. Patrick’s Day to make green beer are not very green at all.

Most green beer is created from synthetic food coloring containing FD&C Green No. 3.  Green No. 3 is a substance that is reported to have produced tumors in experimental animals, as well as mutations in both experimental animals and humans. It is banned by the European Union.

Alternatively, some bars use blue dye in light yellow beers to create the green effect.  In this case they generally use synthetic dye FD&C Blue No. 1 or FD&C Blue No. 2.  Blue No. 1 has been reported by the FDA to create incidents of toxicity, including death, when used in medical feeding solutions.  Blue No. 2 is the same artificial coloring used to dye most jeans and both No. 1 & 2 are argued to be linked to attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Sources:
FDA
Scientific American
Absolute Astronomy

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I think I need to go me some green beer! Want to join me?

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