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Synthetic Dyes Problem for ADHD

FDA Considers if Food Dyes Make Kids Hyper

The FDA will consider whether colorings common in food and drinks may cause children to become hyperactive. MSNBC reports that the Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the government to ban certain food colorings, including blue, green, orange, red and yellow. The consumer group claims that synthetic dyes common in many food products like Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos could trigger hyperactivity in kids. The primary concern is that the food dyes could exacerbate ADHD symptoms or other problems behaviors in susceptible children. An advisory committee will hear testimonies on Wednesday and Thursday, but it could take months or even years before the FDA takes any action on the issue.

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