We cannot trust the FDA–we have known this for long, through many unfortunate let-downs when corporate dollars trumped the welfare of United States citizens, but perhaps one of the greatest and little-known FDA cover-ups has been the link between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity in children. We all want the best for our children and that includes a healthy diet.
When we found out our kids were not on a healthy diet was In March 2011. Studies suggesting a link between commonly used artificial food coloring (including commonly used Blue 1, Blue 2, Red 40, and other artificially-created “food-grade” dyes), and hyperactivity in children led the FDA to release these studies. The FDA even stated that they were considering issuing governmental warnings to alert parents and educators to potential risks of consuming these dyes. Food dyes are extremely pervasive in processed foods served to children throughout the United States. They can be found in school lunches and snacks across America. They are particularly prevalent in children’s foods aimed to catch the eye or those marketed through cartoon characters, including breakfast cereals laden with refined sugar, fat, and sodium, sports drinks, dairy products, lunch products, snacks, and more.
The FDA issued a report in March 2011 month stating that certified color additives in food could potentially be associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
Given how pervasive these dyes are in foods and drinks marketed to and for children, and how many billions of industry dollars are spent on adding them to products, it is perhaps a surprise that the FDA even considered issuing their scientific findings to the public, and even more surprising that they considered warning the public based on the evidence. Yet, true to form, the FDA quickly recanted their findings and warnings. Just a few weeks after announcing their review of food dyes, the FDA issued a statement that while they acknowledged that children with behavior problems may see symptoms worsen when consuming food dyes, typical children “may be” unaffected, and therefore they saw no need to further regulate the dyes.
Despite the efforts of many advocacy groups, including The Center For Science In The Public Interest, the FDA ignored petitions to ban the dyes and protect our children. To protect your family from food dyes, the best recourse is to choose organic, plant-source foods that do not use artificial food dyes.
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