Do artificial colorings cause behavioral problems?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest brings to light the potential dangers of food dyes with appeals to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban certain artificial colorings.

The interest group wants the dyes Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and Yellow 6 to be pulled from shelves and replaced with natural colorings, according to WebMD.

The Center asserts studies have shown that artificial colors could escalate attention and hyperactivity disorders in sensitive children. One such study said for some children, the elimination of artificial colorings could have similar effects to using drugs that control hyperactivity, WebMD reports.


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