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Study Claims Artificial Coloring May Increase Hyperactivity in Kids

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Study Claims Artificial Coloring May Increase Hyperactivity in Kids

The Food and Drug Administration may soon unveil hyperactivity warning labels for food products that contain artificial coloring. It will hold hearings in an attempt to determine whether food products such as Fruit Loops, Jell-O and Twinkies that contain coloring may intensify hyperactivity issues in some children.

Accordingly, if the agency does find this link to be evident, it would reverse a stance that it has maintained for years, according to AOL Health.

The potential change in labeling comes on the heels of a study that was reported last month that found a diet free of some artificial additives reduces childrens' symptoms of hyperactivity.

"Food is the main cause of ADHD," the study's lead author, Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Center in the Netherlands, told NPR, Fox Business noted.

"After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior. They were no longer more easily distracted, they were no more forgetful, there were no more temper-tantrums," Pelsser added.

According to the source, there are 5 million children between four- and 17-years-old who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Three million of those children take prescription medication to reduce their symptoms.