Kids Behavior/Hyperactivity & Food Coloring

Yesterday on Instagram I started talking about food coloring in our kids foods and I've never seen so many responses so fast with people sharing their experience. I shared some of the experiences that came in and then a lot of people started asking for more information so here goes. I also had a lot of people message me that they've tried telling this to family and have been mocked/ridiculed for being over dramatic. Is it really easier to give your children medicine before eliminating something? It's worth a shot, right?

I started learning about artificial coloring a few years ago. There is so much information available online but what I know for certain is that it's something we try to avoid as much as possible. Or at least, prepare for what will follow after having it.

"The three most widely used culprits—Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40—contain compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked with cancer. Research has also associated food dyes with problems in children including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness." -

But don't take my word for it. You ask a doctor and they will have nothing bad to say about it. But doctors didn't go to school for nutrition. Nutritionist did. That's what more people need to be aware of. This is not a doctor "speciality" this is something you can either talk to a nutritionist about or research for youself. Better yet, watch your children behavior and how they act after giving them artificial coloring.

A dramatic increase in ADHD as the years go on

"A new study published Aug. 31 finds ADHD diagnoses in children between the ages of 4 and 17 increased from 6.1% in 1997-1998 to 10.2% in 2015-2016." - Web MD

The part that isn't fair as a mom? Here are the side effects of the medication they prescribe for ADHD: nervousness, agitation, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, palpitations, headache, vision problems, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, sweating, skin rash, psychosis, and numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet.

I am not saying the sole cause of ADHD is hyperactivity, BUT coloring is know to cause hyperactivity. If you look at the kids foods today, almost EVERY SINGLE FOOD applesauces, yogurts, fruit snacks, gummies, juice, fruit cups, kids cereal, oatmeal, maple syrup all contain food dye.

This is how they appear in the ingredients: caramel coloring, red #40, yellow #5 etc.

It can be avoided by minimizing packaged food, or checking the ingredients. It's not more expensive to avoid food coloring I promise you. But you do need to be mindful of what you're picking up at the store before placing it in your cart.

I wanted to now share with you guys some of the responses I got after talking about this yesterday. I have taken out their names for privacy.

You don't have to be blood tested and proven that you are allergic to something to know when it's time to eliminate it out of your diet. If your children become moody/aggressive/overly hyper after giving them food coloring, then avoid it or prepare for it. But don't become frustrated when they start behaving a certain way their body reacts. It's like giving someone benadyl, you wouldn't become frustrated if they started getting sleepy right? Side effects are side effects.

This is something as moms we need to fight against. Our food system is terrible for our kids. If people started demanding better products, those other awful ones wouldn't still be produced. Products are produced by demand. If we stop buying them, they stop producing them. You have no idea how impactful one human being is. YOU may be enough to make the change. It's for our kids. Share this post and bring awareness to this topic.

Xoxo, Tiffany


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