Do Elimination Diets Really Eliminate ADHD?

If the artificial dyes in food cause behavioral problems in kids, should we eliminate food coloring altogether?

If the 15 million pounds of artificial dyes approved for food use in the United Sates—some of which were derived from coal tar and petroleum—are being implicated in behavioral problems, especially for those kids already diagnosed with ADHD, should we eliminate foods containing added food coloring altogether?

Presumably, you'd have fewer kids bouncing off the walls. As early as the 1970s, Dr. Benjamin Feingold, whose organization has been lobbying the FDA to change its labeling rules, advanced this hypothesis. Forty years later, there's still no scientific consensus on the benefits of eliminating food coloring.

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