Local Pediatrician Gives Advice on Food Dye Fears

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local pediatrician has some advice for parents wondering what impact red food dye is having on their children.

“Some people feel that red food dye and other food dyes can cause hyperactivity and/or symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children,” says Dr. Kathleen Berchelman, a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Berchelmann says studies on the effects of dyes aren’t yet clear.

“If you think your child has hyperactivity and inattention after eating food dye, try cutting it out,” she advises. “You’re not going to hurt them. No one needs food dye in their diet. And if it works, great, go with it.”

Dr. Berchelmann cautions to be careful about making so many changes to your child’s diet that they’re losing standard basic nutrition.


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