How Does Red 40 Affect ADHA and Focus?

Human Health and Behavior
Claire Avery

Alexandria Vaughn

What is your project about? My project is about how red dye 40 affects the brain as well as my focusing abilities as a person with ADHD. Why did you choose this project? I chose this project because red dye 40 is in almost every food without us even realizing it. Because red dye 40 is known to be notoriously bad for your health, as it can cause cancer, bowel diseases, flair allergies, and issues with the brain's wiring (mainly in people with ADD and ADHD. I wondered how it would affect my brain and my focusing ability, and if I could counteract the red dye 40 with ADHD focus supplements. What was your result/overall conclusion? My overall conclusion was that red dye 40 did affect my focusing ability. I felt all over when I had the red dye 40, my eyes also seemed to dart off a lot while trying to pay attention to a question.

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