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.


Kamia C.
Kamia Tabout a year ago

Not to mention all the "great" things that all that sugar does to people! You're always better to just avoid anything synthetic and eat natural foods. There are now even natural food colorings, in case you simply can't stand to live with reality.

JL A3 years ago

good question

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Nimue Pendragon

Food additives AND sugar. A lethal combo.

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Chris R.
Chris R5 years ago


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Chris R5 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Alicia M.
Alicia M6 years ago

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

Ivana Y.
Ivana Yelen6 years ago

thanks for posting