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What is known regarding the relationship between food coloring and ADHD in children?

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For more than 30 years, scientists have examined the relationship between food coloring and hyperactive behavior in children, but with mixed results. To date, no conclusive evidence has been found to show that food coloring causes ADHD. Some studies, though, have suggested an association between the two. Most likely, ADHD is caused by the combination of changes in brain structure, environmental factors, and heredity.

From: Food Dye and ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: “Food Ingredients and Colors.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hyperactivity and Sugar.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “ADHD: What Parents Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: “Food Ingredients and Colors.”

National Institutes of Health: “Hyperactivity and Sugar.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “ADHD: What Parents Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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