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DESCRIPTION: In response to definitive evidence showing artificial colors may increase inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity among young children, a call has been made by consumer groups to ban food dyes.
I originally covered the landmark Lancet study in Are Artificial Colors Bad for You? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-artificial-colors-bad-for-you/) There’s even sometimes Artificial Coloring in Fish (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/artificial-coloring-in-fish/).
This whole saga reminds me of the artificial flavor video I did the other day, Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn or Breathing (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/butter-flavored-microwave-popcorn-or-breathing/). Amazing what the food industry is able to get away with.
There is a campaign to get Kraft to remove yellow #5 from their mac & cheese, but even if the stuff didn’t glow in the dark it’s still just a blob of sodium (750 mg), saturated fat (4.5 g), and trans fat (2.8 g). The food movement might better spend its time encouraging healthier fare altogether.
How can we get our kids to eat less processed junk? I review some practical tips in my next two videos, Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at School (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/tricks-to-get-kids-to-eat-healthier-at-school/) and Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at Home (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/tricks-to-get-kids-to-eat-healthier-at-home/).
Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/artificial-food-colors-and-adhd/ and he’ll try to answer it!
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