You might have gotten the idea that kids act hyperactive after eating candy because of all the sugar in it. Studies suggest that it’s actually because of artificial color dyes, which have been said to cause ADHD in children, and tumors and cancer in rats (depending on the color). Artificial color additives can be found in more than just candy, and can have adverse effects on adults as well as children and animals.
Three of the today’s most well-known candies have artificial colors in them, and you would do well to avoid them.
Skittles– Skittles commercials tell us to “Taste the Rainbow;” maybe they mean the rainbow of artificial colors found in these little fruit-flavored pieces. The colors found in original-flavor Skittles include Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, Blue 1 and 2 and their lake counterparts.
M&M’s– Nearly everybody loves chocolate, but there are plenty of ways to get it without lacing it in color dye (which does nothing for the taste anyway). The colors found in original-flavor M&M’s include Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, Blue 1 and 2 and their lake counterparts.
Starburst– This chewy, fruit-flavored candy is a classic at this point, but unfortunately so are the dyes in it. The colors found in original-flavor Starburst include Red 40 and Yellow 5.
If you grew up eating these candies, you are not necessarily doomed to get sick from them. The occasional, once-in-a-blue-moon bag of skittles should not be enough to cause serious health concerns, but you would be wise to sharply reduce your consumption of candy and other sources of artificial colors. Or, better yet, just cut them out altogether. The rainbow doesn’t taste all that great anyway.