Foods, Food Dyes, and Allergies

  • C. Keith Conners


In our previous challenge with the artificially colored cookies, we found some evidence that the active cookies produced more behavior problems in the children than the placebo cookies. This effect was rather small, however, and limited to a few subjects, some of whom were not especially diet-responsive or hyperactive to begin with. Although Dr. Feingold’s position has changed from his initial belief that the reaction is allergic, the small number of children actually demonstrating the effect is consistent with the idea that only a few sensitive children react adversely to the artificial food dyes. We decided, therefore, to consider the possibility that the children have some allergic response to other food substances or to the food dyes.


Food Allergy Allergic Response Cytotoxic Test Elimination Diet Artificial Color 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Keith Conners
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  1. 1.Children’s Hospital National Medical CenterUSA

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