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9 Food Additives That May Affect ADHD

There are a number of food additives that experts think may worsen ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). They include:

  • Blue #1 and #2 food coloring
  • Green #3
  • Orange B
  • Red #3 and #40
  • Yellow #5 and #6
  • Sodium benzoate, a preservative

According to Health.com:

“Will eliminating dye-containing foods from a child's diet help ADHD? Experts say there's not enough evidence ... Most studies of a possible link analyzed blends of additives, not single ingredients, making it difficult to find a culprit.”

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