Halloween is coming, and that means hyperactivity day can't be far away. Most parents realize that the day after Halloween is the day their kids are completely out of control.
For years, the blame has fallen on the sugar in Halloween treats, but that link has never been scientifically established, and now suspicion is falling on a different culprit.
The Center for Science in the Public interest is now working with the Shutters family from Jamestown, N. Y. to publicize the connection between artificial dyes and hyperactivity in children.
Artificial food dyes, frequently petroleum based, are found in hundreds of processed foods and even children's medications. Prime suspects are those brightly colored foods intended to appeal to kids. Just picture your favorite fruit-flavored cereal.
Numerous scientific studies have shown the connection between dyes and hyperactivity in sensitive children, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has even acknowledged that, but has still refused to ban the dyes or require a warning notice on packages, as the European Union does.
The CSPI wants to get this information out to families affected by ADHD and encourage companies to stop using the dyes.
The Feingold association is offering tips to help parents minimize the damage of Trick or Treat treats.