Food coloring sensitivity - FamilyEducation
Food coloring sensitivity
08/06/2008 at 13:39 PM

Does anyones child have a sensetivity to food colorings?  My two year old was acting very hyper and a bit off the wall.  I thought it was sugar so i cut as much as I could out of his diet.  When I cut the sugar out he was he sweet self again.  I spoke to our pediatrician and she suggested I re-introduce sugar but cut out red food dye.  I cut out the food dye and he was still his sweet self.

Does anyone have suggestions on FUN foods he will like that do not have the dyes?  It seems as though all of the foods he loves are filled with them.


You can take fruit or even vegies and make many fun dips. Try all different things from peanut butter (if no allergy to peanuts) to crm cheese. You can make an "applesauce man" using applesauce, raisins and cinnamon. Be creative and have fun. This will encourage healthy eating too. Cutting out sugar in your child's diet is always a good idea, although I recently heard a report that sugar doesn't make kids hyper. Caffeine in foods like chocolate make kids hyper. I don't know how much I believe that, but it's an interesting finding anyway. Staying away from sugar for other health reasons, however, is always a good thing also. Enjoy eating healthy!

I have a friend who is going through the same problem with her kids. Every time the kids are left at home with the babysitter, they bombard ALL the sweets (they hid them in different cupboards but still manage to find them!). I'll tell them about the dip idea, that should make it fun!