Annatto and IBS sufferers
Thanks again for sharing!Sylvia Hoffman A lot of companies are starting to list it, fortunately, you will find it usually towards the bottom of the list "annatto color" - for example, look on the package of Kraft Mac & Cheese.
If it says "natural colors" or even "natural flavors" and the product has a yellowish to red color, avoid it to be on the safe side.
I recently discovered [the hard way] it is used in pumpkin spice and carmel popcorn.
Also avoid bulk vanilla ice cream as it quite often will have it.
Color is the key - milk is white if the butter or ice cream is not white, question it. Most restaurants, including fast food, are very accomodating and will look up the ingredients for you, sometimes will even bring the label to me. Just tell them you are allergic and they are very helpful. If you doubt it, avoid it, that's the best way.
AND welcome, I hope together we can help all each other live a healthy pain free life. :)158 days ago
Annatto B160B [see Wiki and IBSnomore] is a natural food color and is not required by the FDA to be listed. The medical industry is resistant to acknowledge it. This is an extremely harmful product which poisons people for years without their understanding - they think they have IBS, acid reflux, etc. I suffered for over 40 years before I learned it was from annatto. I want to raise awareness and have it labeled as an allergen.
Since annatto is a natural food color it is not required by the FDA to be listed as an ingredient. This makes it extremely difficult to avoid consumption and thus easier to reintroduce it into your system causing a reaction.
Annatto can affect every organ of your body with long term exposure. The stomach is usually the first organ affected within 20 minutes: anywhere from a mild "heartburn" feeling to extreme nausea advancing to headaches and GI issues.
This group has been created to help people who suffer from annatto to share their experiences and tips for avoiding it. Also by sharing products discovered to contain annatto [whether it is labeled or not] to help others to avoid accidental consumption.