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Food Dyes Linked to ADHD

Not a cause, but may worsen

March 24, 2011

New information about a condition affecting nearly five and a half million American children.

Nearly 1 in 10 children suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, struggling to focus, acting impulsive.

A new study suggests a link between ADHD and a hidden ingredient in foods found in virtually every corner of the supermarket.

They're the chemical colorings that make blueberry cereal more blue and some chips look orange. A government report finds these food dyes - while not causing ADHD, may worsen the condition in some children.

The dyes are used in thousands of foods- everything from cereal to candy to macaroni and cheese to chips. even some  sports drinks. For shoppers-it  can be a challenge to avoid the dyes.

"Everything has dye in it.. I mean any kind of food, how do you pull out the dye, you know, unless you buy all natural and all organic, and that's not always easily done," said Joan Yengo, a mother of an 8-year-old.

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The food industry insisted today that "the saftey of artificial colors has been affirmed through extensive review."

But next week an FDA panel will vote on whether to recommend warning labels on foods with the coloring. For now, any concerned parents have to search the ingredients themselves.

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