ADHD and Food Dyes: Seven Videos That Make the Connection

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There's been a lot of back-and-forth recently about the connection between artificial food dyes and attention deficit disorder. Some studies link food dye to ADHD; they're making the children unhinged little maniacs! Others, like one done by the Food and Drug Administration, suggest that parents need to calm the hell down because food dyes don't cause ADHD. They just give kids funny-colored poop, which benefits everyone because it's hilarious!

We take these debates seriously at Gut Check. We did a little searching for foods that contain the most suspect artificial food dyes - Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6 - and inspected the video evidence available of these dyes on children.

The news isn't good. Our extensive research indicates that food dyes might, possibly, lead to a whole host of mental illnesses that make a little ADHD look like the fallout from too much organic applesauce.

The culprit: Froot Loops cereal
Scary additives: Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6, Blue 1
The ailment: Gives a young Seth Green delusions of being a toucan.

The culprit: Mountain Dew
Scary additives: Yellow 5
The ailment: Extremely impaired judgment that turns good suburban children into a wild pack of hillbilly half-pipe riders. Not even boarding legend of cool Tony Hawk was immune.

The culprit: Fruit Gushers
Scary additives: Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5 and 6
The ailment: Monster transmogrification.

The culprit: Trix Yogurt for Kids
Scary additives: Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Red 3
The ailment Telekinesis, hallucinating talking bunnies.

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There are several causes of ADHD, which is why this disease is constantly increasing. Those who are a victim of this drastic mental disorder must avoid the use medication; start off with some light like psychiatry. If this does not work effectively, you can opt for something stronger.

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It's difficult to isolate whether or not it's the colors themselves because most of the "food" that has these colorings in them, also have a bunch of other chemicals and other things that could be causing the problems. And it also could be the colors in combination with some of these other ingredients.

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The syaing you are what you eat holds true now more than ever. As our food becomes more and more " processed " there is a real possibility of these dyes and preservatives to make our children "sick".

Really alot more research needs to take place before we can blame ADD and or ADHD on DYES.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Remember when red m&ms were banned because the dye was an expected carcinogen? I thought not.


The synthetic dyes are derivatives of petroleum as are the preservatives BHA, BHT and TBHQ as well as many of the synthetic flavorings. If one is sensitive, then all should be eliminated. This is the Feingold Program

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