Food Dyes – Colors To Avoid!

The mounting evidence has led to a growing consensus among researchers, physicians, psychologists, and others who treat patients with such behavioral disorders as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that avoidance of food dyes benefits some children.
Recent analyses of the dye content of foods and beverages indicate that many American children are consuming amounts of dyes far higher than the levels demonstrated in some clinical trials to impair the behavior of susceptible children. The amount of dyes contained in just a single cupcake or glass of Kool-Aid can be enough to prompt adverse behavioral reactions in certain children.
We estimate that over half a million children in the United States suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes, with an estimated cost exceeding $5 billion per year, using information cited by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent meta-analysis sponsored by an arm of the food industry.
The harm to children and the costs to society from dyes are needless and preventable. A study of food labels in one supermarket found that more than 90 percent of child-oriented candies, fruit-flavored snacks, and drink mixes and powders are artificially colored.

Download full report from The Center For Science In The Public Interest. It’s a long report but on page 8 there is a graphic which clearly shows the difference in how the EU and the US are approaching this issue and it also states:

In contrast to the European actions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to protect or even inform consumers of the risks of dyes to children.


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