Study looks at possible link between ADHD, food dye



By Alex Maragos (WLFI)
Published: June 3, 2014, 11:10 pmUpdated: June 4, 2014,

Food additives may act as neurotoxins in those with ADHD, and some without this disorder

A new study from Purdue University sheds additional light on the connection between food dyes and symptoms of ADHD. Head researcher Laura Stevens claims kids are consuming far more artificial food colorings (AFC’s) than previously thought. And may clinical observations have reported that specific red and yellow dyes can intensify symptoms of ADHD.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, there has been enormous clinical evidence suggesting that food additives, dyes, gluten, etc. can significantly intensify symptoms in some of those with ADHD. And that minimizing or eliminating these “neurotoxins”can be helpful. Exceptions aside, traditionally effective treatments are most often also needed. Contrary to some, AFC’s due not cause ADHD, minute amounts can trigger severe intensification of symptoms in those predisposed, and only a very few have to be on extensive food restrictions. Occasionally, ADHD-LIKE symptoms can be triggered in non-ADHD individuals.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

By Harold Levinson, MD

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