Colors Don't Kill, But Can Worsen Behavior

The New York Times reports:

After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods like Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid Lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems like hyperactivity in some children.

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The federal government has been cracking down on artificial food dyes for more than a century in part because some early ones were not only toxic but were also sometimes used to mask filth or rot. In 1950, many children became ill after eating Halloween candy containing Orange No. 1 dye, and the F.D.A. banned it after more rigorous testing suggested that it was toxic. In 1976, the agency banned Red No. 2 because it was suspected to be carcinogenic. It was then replaced by Red No. 40.

Never will I eat a maraschino cherry again!

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  1. Some doctors want to diagnose my brother with ADHD when he was a kid but my mom refused to believe that was the issue and a well informed doctor finally told her it was probably food dyes that were immitating the affects of hyperactivity. We removed most products with artificial dyes in them from our house and my brother was fine.

  2. That might be one of the reasons why I remember my mother telling me not to eat too much candy when I was a kid in the 90′s. Or else I’d get sick from too much of it. I thought it was just because of too much sugar but learning about this, I understand now!