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Artificial food colors have no nutrients in them; they are simply coloring agents. They are a chemical compound with a set structure, but contain no ingredients or nutrients as would fruits and vegetables. The artificial food colorings that may be used in foods sold in the US are all called, F D & C colors (Food, Drug and Cosmetic). They will be listed on the ingredient listing of foods containing them as FD & C followed by the color and its number, for example, FD & C green No. 3. More information about the individual colors can be found in the Food Additives Handbook, Richard J. Lewis, Sr. It is published by van Nostrand/Reinhold. The FDA website (www.fda.gov) also has some additional information. By the way, nutritionists always recommend eating fruits and vegetables for the overall nutritional value instead of taking supplements. Good luck with your science project.
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