Foodmakers have used dyes since ancient times to make food more appealing to the eye. But the practice has so invaded the modern psyche that artificial dyes are being used even on some pet foods. Dogs see limited color, but apparently their owners don’t like buying dull, gray chow.
Now, federal regulators are reexamining artificial ingredients they have long deemed to be safe, prompted by scientific studies suggesting that color additives might be linked to hyperactivity in children and other health effects. On Wednesday, an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration will begin a two-day meeting to discuss the science behind artificial dyesand whether the government ought to restrict their use.
Two recent studies sponsored by the British government found that children given foods made with some artificial dyes and a food preservative, sodium benzoate, showed an increase in hyperactivity. The study sampled children in the general population, not just those known to show hyperactive behavior.
The studies remain controversial, with some scientists skeptical about the links that can be drawn.
I am really interested in what will be found by the FDA. Some of my extended family members have ADHD, and after removing foods with dyes and going with a more organic diet — I have noticed less problems in that area. However, I don’t know what other factors may be playing a role. My instinct tells me that our bodies are just not meant to digest that many dyes at a time and in the amounts that many of us do.
Gorillas and diet at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Both Gorillas have heart disease. I find it very interesting that as the sugar in their diet went down, behaviors not observed in the wild (but observed in captivity) went down. Let’s do a study on decreasing sugar in children’s diet, increasing vegetables, in a population of students that is high in behavior problems and observe the changes in behavior their. Oh wait, that’s been done a lot.