Though the FDA has stated that there is no conclusive connection between children's behavior and artificial food dye, anecdotal evidence tells us otherwise. There are countless stories of parents who eliminated food dye from their kids' diets and had seen drastic improvement in behavior.
Americans are now eating five times more food dye than we did in 1955 and it seems this processed food staple isn't going anywhere. Several European countries have specific dyes banned because of their detrimental effects with more following every year.
The most infamous of dyes is red #40. One of the most used dyes in processed foods, it's no surprise that it's the dye that we consume the most. Its health concerns feature lymphomas and chromosomal damage, but most alarmingly, it is shown to promote hyperactivity in children. It is a growing belief that red dye #40 is an accelerant for ADHD and leaves kids struggling with behavior and school work.
Again, nothing has been defined officially by the FDA and more tests will have to be done before a move can be made to ban harmful dyes. Personal success stories from real families, though, are a good indication of what a positive and healthy change it is to go on a dye-free diet.
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