A recent study published in the UK Lancet medical journal found that children given food which contain common food dyes and sodium benzoate (a preservative) caused several children to become measurably more hyperactive and inattentive.
The findings promoted the UK Food Standards Agency to issue an immediate advisory warning to parents to limit these additives in their children’s diets.
For years psychiatrists have been down playing the connection between nutrition and ADHD symptoms. This study clearly illustrates one such connection.
Do you have trouble concentrating? Maybe you have a kid and are worried that maybe they have ADHD because They’re having trouble in school,
or they can’t concentrate at home when they’re trying to do homework.
Well, this study’s for you.
This report is from US News World Report and it says that some common food colorings and preservatives appear to increase the risk of hyperactive behavior among children.
This is a British report. It also says, and we know this, that ADHD is on the rise, the diagnosis is, but I think it is important to point out some links associated with ADHD that maybe aren’t discussed as much as other links.
This study talks about how the crap that kids are eating is going to impact how they’re concentrating and how they’re doing in school. This study involved 297 kids that were given drinks containing additives, preservatives and food coloring, and the amount of all these ingredients equaled two servings of candy.
There was a six week trial, and the children that were in various age groups who drank the drinks containing the additives and preservatives displayed significantly more hyperactive behavior. They also had shorter attention spans and they related it to specific behavior problems. One of the additives that is found in these drinks, sodium benzoate, has been linked to cell damage.
The research and the evidence from this study, all the results were conclusive enough for the British government to release a warning for parents about giving their kids foods and products with all of these food additives in them.
You know the foods we’re talking about. It’s going to be your soft drinks, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, even the diet drinks, fruit drinks, Little Debbie Snacks, even some of the chips have the sodium benzoate in them, even the fruit roll-ups you might not think are that bad, but they have all those artificial food colorings, and then even the breakfast cereals that the kids are eating; Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch, all the foods that the kids like and see because they are watching TV all the time, so they’re inundated with all these commercials.
For years, nutritionists have seen the link between nutrition and the symptoms of ADHD, but at the same time, the psychiatric community has downplayed evidence like this study that we’re talking about, but here it is. Here’s the result, and the thing that I’m worried about is if your kid does have trouble concentrating, or they’re having trouble focusing at school, or are displaying any or the symptoms you think are associated with ADHD, taking a pill and taking amphetamine is not going to correct the problem of eating crap that has the food additives in them.
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