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Dye in food is causing concern for some Texas parents.

Rachel Gamarra carefully picks her children’s treats: no artificial flavoring, no corn syrup, and no food colorings.

Rachel says her daughter Elise has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. But 6 years ago, Elise changed her diet, and the family noticed foods without dyes made a dramatic difference.
So, how easy is it to find something without dyes in it?

“As long as you stick to the fruits and vegetables, it’s pretty easy from there,” Rachel says.

“The challenge is that a majority of kid foods are very colorful. They contain a lot of preservatives in addition to a lot dyes,” says dietitian Amy Goodson,  with the Texas Health Harris Methodist.

Goodson says the less processed foods –  those without dyes – have more vitamins, minerals and fiber.

“When you look at additives, the body sees it as a chemical or a foreign substance. And so that’s where we see hyperactivity or even allergies,” Goodson says.

For Rachel’s family, going natural is the logical solution.

“There’s no hyperactivity there’s no talking back, and there’s not much aggravation,” she says.

She says she notices it every day with her daughters.

And the FDA will soon decide if it notices the same thing.

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