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Are Artificial Colors Bad for You?

The effects of artificial colors on impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity among young children.

August 17, 2009 |
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Artificial colors. Harmful, Harmless, or Healthy?
Now I know I tell people to eat the rainbow, bright colorful foods, but we now know artificial colors Harmful.
34 years ago, Chief of Pediatrics Ben Feingold published heresy, suggesting that artificial food colors could so damage a child’s developing nervous system that it could actually affect their behavior. Dow Chemical disagreed, as did Coca Cola and other players within the $200 billion dollar food industry, who were able to convince the medical establishment that this was ridiculous, but the truth can only be buried for so long, and last year, after the publication of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge in the most prestigious medical journal in the world, showing artificial colors increased impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity among young children, there have now been repeated calls to better regulate or ban artificial colors altogether.

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Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also be sure to check out my associated blog post Vitamin B12: how much, how often?!

  • Markey

    Dr. Feingold’s work is alive and well. Though he passed away in 1982, the Feingold Association continues to help and support people using the Feingold Program. Go to its website http://www.feingold.org for a lot of helpful information.

  • sciencegirl

    what is one of the most harmful food dye? red 40, yellow 6 or niether?