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The Truth About Food Dyes and ADHD: What Science Tell Us

Irritability. Extreme hyperactivity. Explosive anger. Anxiety, or even despondency. If you’ve noticed a spike in undesirable emotions and behaviors after your child eats a bowl of Fruit Loops or a handful of M&Ms — and suspected a link between their ADHD symptoms and diet — you are not alone.

With growing frequency, parents are noting a connection between their children’s behavior and their consumption of food containing synthetic dyes — namely, red #3, red #40, and yellow #5. In recent years, more than 2,000 parents have reported their concerns with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group. “We’re a non-profit organization and somehow people manage to find us,” says Lisa Lefferts, MSPH, a senior

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