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Food Coloring and Preservatives Linked to ADHD


It seems like attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is getting a lot of notice these days as an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with the condition. Even more alarming is the fact that they are being put on any number of available drugs to help them control emotions and actions. Fortunately, new research is indicating there might be another option, and it involves the coloring and preservatives in the foods your kids eat every day. Keep reading for more information on this potential solution . . .

According to a recent report, studies have shown that eliminating colors and preservatives from the diets of hyperactive children can help to reduce the incidence of hyperactivity.

However, according to Professor Andrew Kemp from the University of Sydney, this approach remains to be considered an “alternative” and not a standard treatment, despite the increasing amount of evidence that links ADHD and artificial food colors and preservatives.

There are currently three main treatments for ADHD in children: prescription drugs, behavioral therapy and dietary modification.  To date, the prescription drug and dietary modification tactics have had studies done to support their effectiveness.  Behavioral therapy does not have scientific evidence to back it, but is still thought of as an acceptable form of treatment.

Study Details

One study showed children who did not have ADHD were significantly more hyper after they ate food with food coloring and the preservative sodium benzoate. 

Additionally, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducted a review of 22 studies from 1975 to 1994 that linked preservatives and coloring with “hyperactive behaviors.” 

The importance of these studies becomes ever more relevant as more and more children around the world are being diagnosed with hyperactivity disorders. It is estimated that 8-10 percent of school-age children in the United States suffer from ADHD. In the state of Western Australia alone, 2.4 percent of children are on medications for ADHD and related disorders. 

Studies have shown that preservatives and additives in food are generally unhealthy.  The effects of these additives and preservatives can actually manifest in the form of many different illnesses, including ADHD, neurological disorders and many other chronic diseases.

If you have a child suffering from ADHD, this approach might be worth a try! It would certainly take some doing, but removing colors and preservatives from your child’s diet might just keep him or her off medication . . . doesn’t that seem like a better option?

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