The foods listed below are only suggestions of what is available without red dye 40. There are many more available, but for those who are just starting to eliminate this dye and feeling overwhelmed with searching for the right foods, a list such as this broken down into each category might help you to find what is available. Because red dye 40 is found in almost everything, it is important to read ingredient labels for anything new that you are adding.
This list will be updated periodically.
*Check out the Red Dye Free Store for more products without artificial dyes. If you don't buy anything at the store at least you can see different alternatives for dye-free products.
Foods Without Red Dye 40
Please read all ingredient labels - information posted here is not guaranteed to stay the same.
Bakery: Duncan Hines- Moist Deluxe
Classic White Cake (Premium Cake Mix)
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Publix
Frosting: Make your own (Betty Crocker has some good recipes for Butter Cream Frosting).
Dare Real Fruit Snacks Minis -Wild Kingdom
Gerber Graduate Fruit Snacks
Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks (Amazon.com ships), Sharkie (Target sells these. See photo below) Beware of the fruit snacks that are labeled made with natural colors because these could possibly have carmine (derived from the cochineal bug). Carmine, at this time, does not have to be listed on the label separately.
Popsicles: Edy's Fruit Bars, Popsicle Scribblers, Original Popsicle Orange, Cherry, Grape (no Artificial colors and Flavors!)
Cereals - Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Raisin Brand, Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites Chocolate, Kellogg's Corn Pops/General Mills Cookie Crisp
General Mills- Fiber One/ Frosted Shredded Wheat/ Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Total Cinnamon Crunch
Cocoa Crunchies (generic Publix)
Cocoa Puffs - Just took the artificial color back out.
Organic Cereal and Poptarts found in Publix - Barbara's Bakery - Organic Wild Puffs (Crunchy Cocoa) Nature's Path Organic Frosted Pastries - Cherry Pomegranate (My Kid's love this one to my surprise!) It comes in Blueberry and Strawberry also.
Juice- Caprisun, Mott's 100% Apple juice, Tropicana Orange Juice
(check ingredients for all others - they put artificial dyes in many fruit juices!)
Snacks- Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Flavors) Rice Cakes, Popcorn by Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn- Organic, Smart Pop!,
Tortilla Chips by Tostitos, Publix White Corn Tortilla Chips (Be careful with the Tortilla chips some variations have dyes in them), Frito Lays-Fritos, Oreo Cookies, Cheetos, Pringles- the original, Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip, Newtons Fruit Crisps, Sun Chips Garden Salsa
Crackers - Nabisco Honey Maid Cinnamon/ Keebler: Crackers Original, Saltine Crackers/ Ritz Crackers, Triscuit Crackers, Sunshine- Cheez-It
Crackers Pizza, Cheese Flavors, and Neon Colored
Candy- Some of these can be ordered online or found in local stores
Natural Candy Store
Mentos candy mint flavor and fruit flavor have no artificial colors
Fruit- Some canned fruits and some fruit cups have red dye added. Publix Peaches or Dole Peaches are usually a safe bet.
Dairy - Check each ice cream ingredient list
Breyer's Cookie Dough, Fudge Brownie, Vanilla
Sauces- Barbecue Sauce: Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce
Spreads- Peanut Butter / Ferrero Nutello (Hazelnut Spread)
Syrups- Some chocolate syrups have red dye 40 added (please read labels)
Fish- Salmon can have red dye added to their feed so that they have a nice red color. Check for salmon that are deep ocean catch as opposed to farm-fed. Ask your butcher about the Salmon that you wish to purchase. Tilapia is a good choice and is inexpensive.
Condiments- Pickles Claussen Kosher Dill
Medicines- Tylenol Cherry Dye-free, Children's Tylenol Plus Cold & Cough Dye-Free, Motrin Dye-free, Children's Zyrtec Allergy Grape Syrup, Children's Benedryl Dye-Free
Toothpaste- Check your toothpaste ingredients (Crest Tartar Control Whitening plus Scope cool peppermint liquid gel has no red dye) Tom's Natural Care of Maine fluoride toothpaste - they have children's toothpaste as well (Found in Publix), Therabreath
Mouthwash - Therabreath (Look for clear color)
Soaps - Aveeno, Kiss My Face Obsessively Natural Kids Bubble Wash (comes in hand soaps, hair wash, and body)
Prescription Medicines - Ask Pharmacists for alternative to Red dye - Some Pharmacy's might have dye-free options while other's don't offer it *check with your pharmacy and change if needed. For example, CVS didn't carry a dye-free medication that we needed, but Publix was able to order the one we needed.
Dental work - Ask Dentist for Fluoride treatment or cleaning without red dye or artificial colors.
Are artificial food colors to dye for? EN sheds light on a colorful topic.(Ask EN)(Report): An article from: Environmental Nutrition