Sucralose (Splenda) was approved for use in food in 1998. It was shown to have no harmful effects except rare migraines in people. Now, sucralose has shown to increase the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, especially in Diet Sodas.
The artificial butter flavoring diacetyl has been shown to cause horrible lung problems. Many workers have died from the chemical, yet it continues to be used in our food. It has caused many cases of lung problems among frequent popcorn eaters.
Artificial food colorings can have potentially harmful effects. The red food coloring used in many yogurts is made from crushed beetles. Insects are natural in a sense, however insects in yogurt do not sound appetizing.
The artificial food colorings Red No. 1, Red No. 2, and Red No. 4 have been banned for a long time. Red No. 3 has yet to band, despite evidence that it can cause thyroid problems, and even cancer. Many European countries have banned Red No. 3, yet we continue to use it in our beloved foods.