These two things are certain in the United States: food is colorful and kids are hyper. But are the two linked?
The Food and Drug Administration is considering the possibility and may soon require warnings for foods that contain artificial coloring.
A new study from FDA scientists suggests that while most children might be unaffected by food dyes, those who suffer behavioral disorders could in fact see their conditions “exacerbated by exposure to a number of substances in food, including, but not limited to, synthetic color additives,” the New York Times reports.
But, don’t worry, Fruit Loops won’t soon look like Cheerios. The FDA concluded in the past that there was no definitive link between the coloring and behavioral problems, and are unlikely to do more than put a warning on the label.