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Hyper Kids? Try Fewer Artificially Colored Foods

You might want to keep your kids away from the crazy colored foods. A new UK study is showing a link between artificial food coloring and hyperactivity in children. Scientists at England's University of Southampton, tested five different colorings on both three-year olds and eight and nine year olds. The amounts used in the study were comparable to that which an average child might consume in a day. All additives tested in the study are ones that are approved for use in the EU - however some of those colors are banned in the US (as well as Scandinavian countries). The full findings are not yet available, but should be published soon. Somehow I'm not surprised, a 2004 study showed similar results.

Source: Press TV

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marijke marijke 10 years
OMG I study at the University of Southampton!!!! That is too cool!!!!!! :D :D Gotta represent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
queencessjosie queencessjosie 10 years
lol Wasn't there some big hype about this about 30 years ago? If so I think I recall reading that there was no correlation found during several double-blind studies.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
the little bottles look like gnomes! haha. haha, as a child, the only time mom used food coloring was when decorating Christmas Cookies, for turning the coconut green to make "grass" to put around the bunny cake at Easter. Of course, I do remember having a slumber party where we food colored our milk and then in the morning had something to laugh about as when we went to the restroom, our "waste" wasn't the normal brown...but blue, green, or redish depending onthe dye we used. LMAO. gotta love elementary school!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Haha, love those cute little coloring bottles!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
very interesting...
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I was advised that regular white sugar does not make children hyper, but the refined sugars in alot of candy can, maybe that goes hand in hand with the colouring, or the colouring contains refined sugar as well?
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I truly think I was a hyperactive child. My mom fed me whatever I wanted all the time (mostly greasy foods and tons of desserts). When I got out on my own I started eating healthy, and I calmed down. Sometimes I'm a little on the tired side though!! lol
andaman andaman 10 years
Yep, I aggree.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Less than surprised.
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