Show: April 17, 2011:
Did You Know?: FDA: Food Dyes Not So Evil
Iím Jeremy Shere.
Since the 1970s, some nutritionists have worried that artificial food dyes could cause hyperactivity in children. But did you know that, at least according to the US Food and Drug Administration, thereís no proof that artificial food coloring is harmful?
Over the past few decades, several studies have purported to find a link between hyperactivity in children and artificial dyes in foods. Recently, FDA scientists allowed that food coloring may worsen symptoms in some kids with behavioral problems.
And so, a few weeks ago, the FDA convened an advisory panel to investigate the issue. And they decided that, for most kids, artificial food dyes pose no health risk.
This does not mean that food dyes are absolutely safe. New studies may emerge that suggest or prove otherwise. But for the time being, having considered the available evidence, the FDA has given food dyes a clean slate.
And now you know.
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