ADHD, the FDA and Blue Dye #1
March 31st, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee began weighing evidence Wednesday on whether dye additives in food affects behavior in children. The panel listened to testimony from doctors and scientists who contend that studies, although small in many cases, do show that some kids begin to show signs of hyperactivity once they are exposed to certain dye mixtures.

The question is, should the FDA committee urge the agency to strengthen its regulation of these ingredients?

According to the experts who testified, European companies already are dropping dyes including Blue #1, Yellow #5, Green #3 and others and substituting natural dyes for them. But the United States still allows artificial dyes, mostly for aesthetic reasons, not for taste.

Read Evidence of food dye-ADHD link weak, FDA told



soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Frank Mascheck

    Academic difficulties are also frequent. The symptoms are especially difficult to define because it is hard to draw a line at where normal levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity end and clinically significant levels requiring intervention begin. To be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must be observed in two different settings for six months or more and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.

    June 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Drink water, take your vitamins, and smoke weed. You'll live til you're 185.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  3. Sinister Sister

    What a crock! ADHD is "caused" parents who don't have the patience & focus to teach their children about patience & focus. People have been consuming food-grade dyes like these for decades with no ill effects. Too bad there is no test available for potential future parents. It could be called the FPAT: Future Parent Aptitude Test.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • VintageLydia

      Yes, because documented defects in the brain concerning neurotransmitters have absolutely nothing to do with it. Is ADD and ADHD over diagnosed? There is a possibility. But it is a real disease, and if we can find things that prevent it from happening or lowering the effects by altering what people eat, then how is that a bad thing?

      March 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  4. Evil Grin

    Um... none of the sodas in the picture are blue. Although I guess there could be some blue and yellow dye mixed together to make the green soda.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  5. RichardHead

    I still like my GF's Pink #69! It always calms me down.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Win, Richard. Win.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
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