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Trick or treat: The hidden health risks of food dyes

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., October 15, 2010 - 11:38am

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Brierley asks: Do you avoid synthetic—or man-made—food dyes?


no because i love colorful things and synthetic food dyes are just sooo..... COLORFUL! even if my kid is going to be fat... i mean he'd rather eat colorful things than have an average weight!!! I MEAN REALLY I'M NOT EATING THAT MUCH SPRINKLES!!!! IT DOESN'T MATTER IF THEY CAUSE ADHD


10/29/2010 - 6:51pm

Yes I avoid synthetic food dyes especially Red #40. When I or my daughter's pre-school would give my daughter any drink with Red #40 in it she would loose all bladder control within minutes. She couldn't even make it to the bathroom. That was in 1985 and we have stayed away from synthetic food dyes since.
Flagler Beach, FL.


10/29/2010 - 10:24am

I'm thinking I might look at the labels a little closer now. Thank you!


10/28/2010 - 6:10pm

That last post about the 3 year old and the snow cones was posted by


10/26/2010 - 10:20am

My 3 year old daughter is one of the "sensitive ones" when it comes to food coloring. She becomes another child. She is normally a sweetheart but when she eats something with food coloring she doesn't listen or behave. She already has high energy but when consuming food coloring, just gets crazy! One day this summer I took her to a fun fair and got her a blue & red snow cone and she started bad behavior for the next 4 days. On the 4th day she went to the bathroom and it was BLUE! No joke! Then, she came out of the bathroom with a different personality. My husband & I both witnessed it! I could not believe it, she was instantly listening again and behaving like my little sweetheart again!

The first time I realized she had a sensitivity to food coloring was easter time this year. She ate a ton of easter candy and jelly beans. For weeks she started not listening and misbahaving. I thought at first it was just terrible two's. Then my mother in law pointed out to me that maybe all that candy was still in her system. Well she was right, it took a few weeks to get out of her system. I didn't give her anymore candy and she was back to her normal, sweet self again.

So to answer your question, Yes! We avoid food dyes!! I just wish they would make it easier! Food Dye is in so many things, so it's hard.


10/26/2010 - 10:19am

Absolutely, and have for about 8 years. Both of my children are on the Feingold program, which cuts out all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Chemicals affect the brain-that is a known fact (drugs, meds, etc.). Artificial colors, flavors and preservatives are chemicals. Therefore, they are going to affect behavior and have cancer causing issues associated with them. When will the US wake up and take notice?


10/18/2010 - 11:30am

Yes, my family avoids all artificial dyes, flavors & preservatives. We follow the Feingold Diet Program and only shop from the foodlist of researched items provided by them. My children would be an alphabet soup of diagnosis (ADHD, ADD, ODD, etc) if not for eliminating these harmful substances. I truly believe that we will also avoid developing cancers by having eliminated artificials as well, because they are known carcinogens. I believe everyone should eat this way because so many health issues are on the rise and so is the use of chemicals in our food.


10/16/2010 - 5:43pm

Absoutely! Your readers need to watch


10/15/2010 - 7:14pm

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