Food Additives and Hyper Kids
Hyper kids, a nightmare for a lot of parents. But what makes kids so hyper? I wonder. Wait, perhaps the food they eat has something to do with it? No! You don’t say. Researchers claim that food additives might fuel hyperactivity in children. Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News reports:
The findings have already caused the British government's Food Standards Agency, which funded the study, to issue a warning to parents about food additives.So, where do all these food additives reside? I’ll give you a hint. Not in the wholesome, nutrient-rich food Mother Nature designed. Nope! You’ll only find them in the over-processed nutrient-sparse junk food so many parents cram down their kids’ throats. From Disease-Proof Your Child:
"Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly common problem, and theories abound to account for that," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "Among them is the notion that food additives induce hyperactivity."
Despite this apparent connection, Katz cautioned that the increasing number of children with ADHD cannot be blamed on food additives alone.
"No one factor is solely responsible for rising rates of ADHD," Katz said. "Along with the hazards of a highly processed food supply, children are getting less and less physical activity as a means of dissipating their native rambunctiousness."
Not only do processed foods and fast foods often contain dangerous trans fats and other additives, but they also can have high levels of acrylamides. When processed foods are baked and fried at high temperatures, these cancer-causing chemical compounds are produced. Many processed foods, such as chips, french fries, and sugar-coated breakfast cereals, are rich in acrylamides.With this being said, the next time you hear someone complaining about how nutty their kid is, you should frisk them for cookies and fruit-snacks—alright you, spread’em!
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