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.

"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."
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:
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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David Bradley - September 10, 2007 9:33 AM

How on earth did this study get to make it as "news". I have sitting on my desk right now a copy of Hanssen's 1984 book "E for Additives" on pages 12-14 he discusses the evidence (some of which was known in the 1970s) concerning the likes of tartrazine on children's behaviour. Gee my mother-in-law blamed food colourings in orange juice for my wife's younger brother's wakefulness as long ago as 1977!

Jane Hersey - November 25, 2007 1:06 AM

David is right; actually, this information goes back to the mid 1960s when Ben Feingold, MD first linked food additives with behavior problems in sensitive patients. For the past 30 years the non-profit Feingold Association has helped parents run a simple test to see if food additives are a culprit. (See The new British study is just the latest of many that have demonstrated the diet/behavior link.

manoj - May 12, 2009 11:51 AM

keep children busy all the time with things they like e.g drawing, paiting, or other actiities which will exhaust them like running, swimming etc.

philG - September 2, 2010 12:23 AM

The problem lies in the fact that the companies and government help each other out on their quest for money and power and the public is programmed into a sleepwalking state of acceptance. These additives are there simply to improve shelf-life and therefore profit. (A conspiracy theorist would also maintain that they are there for the programming too.)

Most of the certification bodies, like the FDA in the USA do not do their own research, they commission other bodies for that, often the company making/marketing the product in the first place (like aspartame). It stands to reason that the findings are going to be "safe".

In Ireland there is a common drink, RED LEMONADE, which used to have the effect of wiring my son to the moon. When we found out which product it was and discontinued it the difference was remarkable. These additives are in all the sweets the kids eat these days. My current beef is aspartame.

On the site Time to Awaken there is some useful information and links on this subject including a link to the book mentioned above "E is for Additive" which I too have found most valuable. There is also information on other "hidden" dangers such as irradiation of food and how micro waving food causes chemical change in the food stuff which in turn lead to some nasty side effects and/or death.

The site The Alliance for Natural Health has a tremendous amount of information on these subjects and including current law and law changes. I find most of their "e-blasts" useful and informative.

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