Saturday, August 9, 2008

Green Kids: The color of ADHD

The proof may still be a few years away, but scientists are moving closer to an understanding of how food dyes affect children's behavior, and specifically how they may contribute to ADHD. Scientists in England studied several hundred children and measured their reactions to foods containing different types of food dyes. The results showed "significant adverse effects" when the children ate foods containing common food-grade dyes. Food coloring chemicals lace the foods marketed to children - soda, candy and fast food. Even school lunches and so-called "healthy" fruit juices can contain dyes to make them more visually pleasing. Solution: teach your kids about food (and food chemicals!), give them snacks of carrot sticks and raisin,s and buy 100% organic juice without coloring.