FDA to Hear Testimony on Artificial Food Dyes

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FDA to Hear Testimony on Artificial Food Dyes
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 11:00am

The FDA will be hearing expert testimony on whether the artificial food dyes in foods can play a role in triggering hyperactivity, here is a video from the Today Show that discusses it:

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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 3:03pm
Personally, I feel that petroleum products belong in my car, not my food.

Dyes do not effect my kids, but I do know some that they do - more anger than activity for these particular kids. But, for the untrained in ADHD teacher, when she gets a room full of kids and some have had Chocolate Coated Sugar Bombs for breakfast and she can't tell which, her asking for help is going to center around ADHD, not changing the diet. (Cereal name from Calvin and Hobbes. Cheap chocolate also tends to have red dye in it. ) Maybe this ruling will help some kids from being misdiagnosed and moved to more healthy diets. But, I have my doubts about moving to a healthier diet.
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 1:22pm
Thanks for that link, she did fantastic! I like how she termed it increased activity, differentiating it from hyperactivity.

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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 12:33pm
Just saw a super TV segment with the head of CHADD talking about this study. She did a terrific job distinguishing between a small uptick in hyperactivity and ADHD. Here's a link:
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/hearing-on-possible-link-between-food-dye-and-hyperactivity-in-children-033011
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 12:15pm
That's a really good point. It also doesn't help my son who is on the inattentive side, while cutting out dyes might help some of it, it's not a "cure" for all kids with ADHD.

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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 12:10pm
I just hope they make the clear distinction that hyperactivity doesn't equate to ADHD. My fear is that there will be another misconception in the public that if we cut out food dyes our kids with ADHD should miraculously be well (and that those of us using medication are doing something wrong).

I think this is good news for the small group whose kids are affected by food dyes and I'm certainly all for eliminating as many dyes as possible, but also want to make sure that the distinction is made between hyperactive tendencies and ADHD. Hopefully the FDA will be clear on that.