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Do Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity? Ask Annie

Do Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity?  Ask Annie

Dear Annie,

I seem to be able to attribute some behavior problems my daughter has to when she eats food (such as at birthday parties) that contain food colors. What do you know about food dyes and hyperactivity? –Sally, MS

Dear Sally,

Oh, yes, I remember observing the same thing after my daughter returned home from birthday parties. She’d be downright belligerent as a result of eating all those colorful synthetic food dyes. Now there seems to be confirmation of the link between synthetic food dyes and hyperativity. Here is a very informative article from one of my favorite publications, Wellbeing Journal, about the latest research.

It makes me all the more glad I chose note to use these synthetic food dyes in our holiday baking. For some great alternatives, see Safe Red Food Dyes for Valentine’s Day Baking that can be adapted for any time of the year.

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8:26AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

good question

9:14AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thank you

7:35PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Food additives AND sugar. A lethal combo.

12:51PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012


4:04PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


4:04PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


12:31AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:03AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

i'm always wary of eating such colorful foods. They just don't look natural, they look like paint!

4:45PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

thanks for posting

8:32PM PST on Jan 26, 2010

i think it does have something to do with it too

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