11 doctors weighed in:
Are artificial colors safe for kids?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree
In brief: No
Kids are designed to be enticed by colorful nutritious foods such as a rainbow of fruits & vegetables.
Artificial colors overwhelm and hijack this attraction, luring them to processed foods. And the dyes themselves, often made from coal, have been linked in some studies to problems with learning, attention & behavior. Risks vs benefits? With no benefit, the dye's small risk is unecessary.

In brief: No
Kids are designed to be enticed by colorful nutritious foods such as a rainbow of fruits & vegetables.
Artificial colors overwhelm and hijack this attraction, luring them to processed foods. And the dyes themselves, often made from coal, have been linked in some studies to problems with learning, attention & behavior. Risks vs benefits? With no benefit, the dye's small risk is unecessary.
Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greene
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Simply put, no good health outcomes have ever been associated with artificial coloring.
While the data is limited regarding adverse effects, some studies have demonstrated negative neurodevelopmental effects (hyperactivity) in children exposed to artificial dyes. Would put this under the heading of the precautionary principle - avoid until proven safe.

In brief: No
Simply put, no good health outcomes have ever been associated with artificial coloring.
While the data is limited regarding adverse effects, some studies have demonstrated negative neurodevelopmental effects (hyperactivity) in children exposed to artificial dyes. Would put this under the heading of the precautionary principle - avoid until proven safe.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Susan McCreadie
In 2007, the British medical journal the Lancet published a study that found artificial colors and the preservative sodium benzoate increased hyperactivity among normal children. http://getrealforkids.com/resources/real-food/toss-it-out/2730-artificial-colors-flavors-and-additives#
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