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Metabolic fate of food colorants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6764715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evaluation of the chemical and biological data on synthetic and natural food colorants indicates that synthetic colorants in general have been studied more thoroughly than their natural counterparts. The increasing use of natural colorants in processed foods at levels higher than those found in natural sources has raised concern about deficiencies in knowledge, in some cases, of their exact chemical composition, stability, metabolic fate, and toxic potential. Additional studies, particularly of comparative metabolic fate in experimental animals and in man and of genotoxic potential, are required. Until studies with natural colorants comparable to those carried out with synthetic colorants have been completed and evaluated, greater safety of natural colorants cannot be assumed.
T M Parkinson; J P Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of nutrition     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0199-9885     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1981  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-12-20     Completed Date:  1983-12-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8209988     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anthocyanins / metabolism
Anthraquinones / metabolism
Azo Compounds / metabolism
Carotenoids / metabolism
Coloring Agents / metabolism*
Drug Stability
Food Coloring Agents / metabolism*,  toxicity
Indoles / metabolism
Legislation, Food
Pigments, Biological / metabolism
Polymers / metabolism
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds*
Quinolines / metabolism
Trityl Compounds / metabolism
United States
Xanthenes / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anthocyanins; 0/Anthraquinones; 0/Azo Compounds; 0/Coloring Agents; 0/Food Coloring Agents; 0/Indoles; 0/Pigments, Biological; 0/Polymers; 0/Quaternary Ammonium Compounds; 0/Quinolines; 0/Trityl Compounds; 0/Xanthenes; 36-88-4/Carotenoids; 37279-84-8/Betalains; 482-89-3/indigo

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