With candy, it's not just the sugar rush you need to worry about. Several studies have shown that certain food colorings and preservatives can worsen hyperactive behavior in children.
In a 2007 British study, children were significantly more hyperactive and had shorter attention spans after drinking a beverage containing a mixture of food colorings and preservatives than children who drank a similar drink without the additives.
The Food and Drug Administration requires that the two most widely-used food colorings, red No. 40 and yellow No. 5, be clearly listed on food labels. But other food colorings like yellow No. 6 and yellow No. 10 may also increase hyperactive behavior but aren't required by law to be listed.
To lessen ADHD symptoms
, avoid brightly colored processed foods ' they're likely high in food additives.