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Artificial colors and flavor, do hey bother you or not???

I have a quick question. Do foods with artificial colors or flavors affect your ADHD , mood, or skin, and if so, how??? I’ve noticed my skin has broken out more than usual bc I ate some food with artificial colors over the holidays, before that I was very careful of what I ate and have returned to being careful.


Interesting point. If soda ties into this, then I’d say yes. I’m weaning myself off soda and see it helps my focus to not drink it.

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Jan 05, 2014 at 5:52am

Yes,  I do believe that artificial color and flavored anything gives me fuzzy brain,  like an actual hang over, as well as any dark soda products,  I drink sprit occasionally but have leaned to love water again.

Posted by daaron31 on Jan 05, 2014 at 6:00am

I agree, artificial colors in foods are not good for a brain effected with ADD. In my opinion aspartame is the worst. It is toxic for all people and should be banned. Real cane sugar or stevia is the best. I only use stevia for health reasons.

Posted by TM on Jan 05, 2014 at 5:41pm

I don’t think artificial colors are good for any of us and try to avoid them for the entire family. My son is 11 and has ADHD and cannot tolerate red food coloring at all in large quantities. Drinking a read gatorade is likened to Jekyll and Hyde! Literally. Whether ADHD has anything to do with that or not, I can’t say. I would avoid it for health if no other reason.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 06, 2014 at 8:31pm

For me, I don’t believe it affects me, but then again, I avoid it because it does not look appealing to me.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Jan 07, 2014 at 9:57am

Artificial colors are the primary cause of my facial tics, but avoiding them has not had a noticable effect on my ADHD.

Posted by mudscientist on Jan 07, 2014 at 5:22pm

I have just given up diet Coke or any other brown soda.  Only clear at this moment and hopefully will wean myself off the rest soon!

Posted by msnuggie on Jan 19, 2014 at 6:06pm

I gave up all sodas and almost all foods with artificial colors and flavors. I feel clearheaded, my PMS has calmed down, and my skin has cleared up.

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 29, 2014 at 8:05pm

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