Health News-Food Dyes- March 30,2011
Today the Food and Drug Advisory committee is beginning their research on the behavioral affects that food dyes have on kids. This investigation came as a result of the mounting evidence that food coloring has negative affects on children’s behavior and attention span.
Could it be that we have solely blamed sugary processed foods for making kids hyperactive, when in reality, it is the combination of white sugar and artificial food dyes that makes kids bounce off the walls?
According to an article in the Washington Post, The Rainbow of Food Dyes in Our Grocery Aisles Has a Dark Side, since 2008 the European Parliament has required that any foods with food dyes including Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40 have a label on the product stating that…..“this product may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
Here in the United States, there is no such warning on any processed foods that have food dye in them like cheese, yogurt, fruit wraps, cheese flavored foods, cherries, soft drink, sports drinks, salad dressing, chips, snack foods, frostings, pizza, mixes, ice creams, crackers, and candy like M & Ms which apparently have five different food dyes in them.
An FDA staff report released last week that significant scientific evidence is showing up that food coloring found in foods are causing behavioral problems in kids, and disrupting children’s attention span at school and at home.
In addition to the concerns about the affects of food dyes on children’s behavior, it is staggering that even though the FDA and Canadian Scientists discovered that the three most widely used food dyes including Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 were contaminated with likely human carcinogens, testing STILL has not been done to look at these combinations in the United States.