Research shows artificial food coloring - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/10

Research shows artificial food coloring may be causing many problems

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – You've heard of kids getting a so-called sugar high well, it may not be the sugar, but the bright colors in some foods that get kids adrenaline going, that's what the Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking aim at this time. The consumer group says British food makers are making an effort to get artificial dyes out of their products and the FDA needs to make that happen here too.  For example these strawberry Nutri-Grain bars purchased in the U.S. are made with a chemical called red 40, but the same strawberry snack in the U.K. uses paprika extract for color.  

"It's not that the food dyes are the underlying cause of ADHD or hyperactivity but if a kid is predisposed to it then the dyes can trigger outbursts and behavioral outbursts," said Michael Jacobson, with Center for Science in the Public Interest.  "Some children, certainly not all children, react sharply. They lose control over their impulses, physically, they jump around, they might yell, scream out."

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says this is not a new concern; research dating back to 1980 has linked food dyes to behavioral problem in kids.  Now, even though the British equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration has asked its food makers to get rid of six artificial colors, the FDA says it needs more evidence before making the same changes to products here in the U.S.

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