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A Summary of the Science Linking Food Dyes with Impacts on Children’s Behavior

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A possible link between food ingredients and adverse behaviors such as hyperactivity was first raised in the 1970s, and while it attracted the attention of scientists as well as the public, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) largely dismissed it. Over the past 40 years, dozens of studies have demonstrated that food dyes and other ingredients can prompt adverse behavioral responses in children.  

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