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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Food Dyes and ADHD

{Artificial Dyes and Kids}

So recently I stumbled onto a blog post about the artificial food dye “Red 40” I can't remember what blog it was on, I wish I could! It got me thinking and she gave a lot of good information and then I went to Google for some more info but didn’t change anything in what we were eating.

Moose is our hyper, off the wall, crazy little boy and sometimes it seems like he doesn’t know how to control it but I had always just assumed it was normal behavior for him; although some days are worse than others. This weekend he was having a great day; he was being calm and sitting with his daddy on the couch… until I gave him a colored juice drink. About 30 minutes after he drank that juice he was jumping around, running all through the house, doing flips (literally) and just disobeying in general. It lasted for a few hours and during that time I was thinking about the blog post I had read earlier and wondering if the change in activity and this juice were tied together?

We are going on 48 hours of not having any Red 40 and so far I can see a big difference in his attitude and activity. I am not one to just say things are different if they aren’t, I truly believe that his behavior has been better. I had noticed before that certain days he was great and certain days he was bouncing off the walls, maybe this had something to do with it? Only time will tell, I will update in a week or two and let you know how it is going.

What do you think about artificial dyes? Do you keep them away from your kids? Do you believe that they could be linked to hyper activity in children? 


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At April 5, 2011 at 6:35 AM , Blogger The Crypto-Capers Series said...

Anything artifical is bad for your kids. We eat mostly organic or all natural foods but they do get the occassional junk from other family members. If you read enough articles its enough to concern and scare any parent. Its hard to know if something is true or not. But if you see a difference in your childs behavior and you feel it is linked to a specific food or ingredient, make sure you avoid it. I read lots of labels and try not to buy anything artifical, but the dyes I have read and heard about. Which is why I avoid anything that has red 40 and other dyes in it. My motto though is that as long as things are eaten in moderation, they are okay. But after reading enough labels, you would be surprised what foods have dyes in it. Definetly something to think about.
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At April 5, 2011 at 7:11 AM , Blogger FromTheHeartsOf said...

I heard about this on the radio last night. The interviewer asked about a direct link to Red 40 and sugary foods and drinks and the specialist said of course there is. Alot of candy and surgary products have Red 40 so it didn't seem like such a stretch to me that this would applify ADHD symptoms.

At April 5, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Diane and Chad said...

There was a huge discussion about this in the 70's..yup, that long ago. If you can find a book called The Feingold Diet you can see what they talked about then!

At April 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Jen @ Dear Mommy Brain said...

I don't doubt that these chemicals are harmful. I have Crohn's Disease and I can't eat anything with food dyes without getting sick. I really can't believe it took the medical community this long to put two and two together!

At April 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Whispered Inspirations said...

Wow, that is very interesting and good to know. I don't usually give the girls any juice and if I do I pay out the wazoo for natural, organic stuff. So, needless to say water and milk is the norm but ocassionally my oldest DD has one of moms diet pops... EEEK. Anyway, thanks for the info and thanks for stopping by my lil ole corner on the web! Look forward to reading more!
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At April 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

Nancy, we are two peas in a pod! Our kids are milk and water only too! Juice is on a rare, rare occasion (less than once every couple months) and normally it is real fruit juice. This was something that we had bought to sneak into the movies :)

At April 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Marcy said...

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At April 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Kelli said...

I've heard about this before. Fortunately, I haven't had many problems with hyperactivity with my kids. Of course, now that I think about it we never had much with artificial dyes. Of course, sugar has a lot to do with this, too.

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At April 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Cara (aka Temberton) said...

My youngest "reacts" to Yellow Lake #5. He has outgrown the reaction to some degree; but, yes, his behavior is intolerable when he has had too much of it. I made the connection several years ago after my parents visited and brought SunDrop with them. Since he doesn't react to dark colas, I knew it was something in yellow colas. I took a look at the ingredients in SunDrop and compared to other things he drank (such as Sprite) but did not react to, and eventually isolated Yellow Lake #5 is the problem. We avoid it like the plague. LOL!

My oldest went through a phase when she was sensitive to Red 40. It happened after she had been sick with a stomach virus. Of course, the "treatments" (Tylenol, sports drink, etc.) ALL had red dye. No wonder she developed a sensitivity for a while!

In general, it really irks me that we have all these artificial colors and flavors in our food. What happened to just having REAL food?


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