January 6, 2008

Food coloring additives and ADHD

Posted in ADHD, External Links, Posts by Renee at 2:25 am by bloggingawayadhd

More to keep you busy reading during my absence….

These studies have not yet been done on adults, but it seems the chemicals added to food can cause ADHD-like symptoms in children, so the additives probably have an adverse effect on the rest of us, too:

 Study on food additives and relationship with ADHD symptoms

There is a general adverse effect of artificial food colouring and benzoate preservatives on the behaviour of 3 year old children which is detectable by parents but not by a simple clinic assessment.

 ‘Angry Moms’ fighting for improvements to grade-school cafeteria food



  1. Hannah said,

    im doing a research paper on ADHD, and i was searching the internet for info and i found this link on the food coloring and benzoate preservatives and the hyperactivity and i just wanted to say that it was really interesting and helpful to my paper. thanks for posting it!!

  2. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Thanks for the feedback! Glad it was a help to you. :)

  3. Paperspoons said,

    I’ve been interested in this topic as of late myself, but I have not yet researched it thoroughly. I do believe that these chemicals in our foods these days are not to our benefit, but I wonder how much we can blame on these additives? I know it couldn’t hurt to remove them from our diet regardless, but the unfortunate thing is that they are everywhere in everything. It’s so tough to avoid them completely.

  4. olivia said,

    I have adhd . My doctor Waxmonsky said DONT EAT TOO MANY DUMDUMS!
    They have food coloring! >It can cause a 10% increas in hyper activity <

  5. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Yes, I’m sure that is true about a lot of candies! Thanks for the input!

  6. nadine said,

    Has anybody had experience with the affects of food coloring on just ADD. My son doesn’t have the hyper part. I was wondering if it helped focus and memory of kids when the additives are removed or kept at a minimum?
    Any information, experience, or good links would be greatly appreciated!
    God Bless!

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  8. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Thanks, Anni. I’ll post it now.

  9. Jane Hersey said,

    There is a great deal of information on the diet/ADHD link at http://www.ADHDdiet.org. This is a web site of the non-profit Feingold Association of the United States, which has been helping families of children (and adults) with behavior and learning problems since we were formed in 1976.
    The September 2007 issue of The Lancet includes an article about one of the best designed studies to date. The researchers show that even a modest amount of food dyes can trigger ADHD symptoms in the general population, not just children already diagnosed.
    Then, in February the American Academy of Pediatrics published an article saying that for the past 30+ years they might have been wrong about the value of diet for behavior/learning problems. They conclude that a diet is a useful technique for these children.
    And even more recently the British Medical Journal published an editorial saying that in light of the many studies that link diet and behavior, the use of a diet should be one of the standard treatments for the problem; it should not be considered an “alternative.”
    For 32 years Feingold Association volunteers have helped parents test out a simple diet, and have taught families how to find the foods they enjoy, but without the unwanted additives.
    Jane Hersey
    National Director
    Feingold Association of the US

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