Is there a difference between natural and synthetic colors, and is it possible that too much of either could have an effect on my health? With the prevalence of available research on the subject, it can be difficult to sift through the sometimes contradictory studies to differentiate validated facts from persistent myths. For instance, the question of whether synthetic colors are the cause of ADHD in children or cause cancer has been studied, debated and recently re-evaluated. What is the outcome?
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In March 2011, the FDA Food Advisory Committee, an expert panel of pediatricians, toxicologists, behavioral scientists, food scientists, and scientists in related fields, convened for a two day meeting to look at all of the available study data exploring color additive intake and hyperactive behavior. The Committee concluded, based on all available evidence, that there is no causal relationship between the intake of synthetic color additives and hyperactivity in children.
IACM Statements on Hyperactivity