Food Dyes and ADHD

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Do any of you limit food dyes with your kids? I remember when this was an issue years ago and now I noticed that it’s resurfacing. There’s a consumer group that wants a ban on food dyes.

What do you think? Do any of you have experience with this? Here’s a link to an article in Reuters website:

Also from Reuters, a list of foods with dyes. I had no idea it was so huge? I, for one, would definitely be okay without artificially brightened food!

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials are examining whether artificial food colorings make children hyperactive, a concern first raised in the 1970s. A U.S. advisory panel is weighing the question on Wednesday and Thursday.[ID:nN30138962]

The dyes are common in a range of packaged and restaurant foods from PepsiCo’s (PEP.N) Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos to Kellogg’s (K.N) Eggo waffles and Kraft’s (KFT.N) Jell-O desserts.

Artificial colors also are found in other products like pickles and potatoes that may not be obvious. Below is a list of some popular products made with food dyes, according to a 2008 petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group is asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban the dyes or require a warning.


Jell-O desserts in lemon, strawberry and black cherry flavors

Oscar Mayer Lunchables Mini Burgers and Mini Hot Dogs

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS.N):

Mott’s Strawberry-Flavored Apple Sauce


Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Apples & Cinnamon

Quaker Oatmeal Squares Crunchy Oatmeal Cereal

Sun Chips French Onion flavor


Eggo Homestyle Waffles

Eggo Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

General Mills (GIS.N):

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