FORT MYERS, FL.--Mac and Cheese, cereal and candy; They are all popular foods that we eat and give to our children.
those foods have something in common- they're all made with ingredients that are banned in other countries.
For Vickie Anderson's son, Jon, who is diagnosed with ADHD, these foods can quickly turn him from a calm child to an entirely different person.
"His hair moves, his arms move his legs move, he taps on things," said Anderson.
You may think it's just the sugar, but now parents and doctors are also blaming the artificial dyes in processed foods for making children act out.
"You will be surprised that if you go through your pantry right now that almost every ingredient for all the processed foods will contain artificial coloring," said registered dietition Betsy Opyt.
We're talking about dyes like red 40, blue one and two, and yellow five and six.
Opyt says these dyes do nothing at all for foods, but just add eye appeal.
"If you look at processed foods today compared to how they were in the past they are much more colorful today and that it much more appealing to the eye," said Opyt.
A 2007 report from the Lancet Medical Journal found many of these dyes can trigger hyperactivity and aggressive behavior in children.
Child psychiatrist, Dr. Omar Rieche, says moderation is key when it comes to the diet of your child.
"There is no extreme diet that will cure ADHD and there is no particular diet that causes it," said Dr. Rieche.
So now Vicki and Jon limit the processed foods and bring them out only on special occasions.
"You just sort of have to keep it in mind and try to do it," she said.