Hyperactivity: The Food Additives Argument

A new studying suggests eliminating colorings and preservatives from foods in order curb hyperactivity disorders. From The BMJ Publishing Group:
Whether preservatives and colourings cause or exacerbate hyperactive behaviours is an important question for many paediatricians and parents. A recent randomised placebo controlled trial in 297 children aged 3-9 years provides evidence of increased hyperactive behaviour after they ate a mixture of food colourings and a preservative (sodium benzoate).1 In contrast to many previous studies, the children were from the general population and did not have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The trial found an adverse effect of the mixture on behaviour as measured by a global hyperactivity aggregate score. The daily dose approximated that found in two 56 g bags of sweets.
Dr. Fuhrman is no stranger to this argument. He’s seen it first hand. Take a look:
What has been shown to be highly effective in some recent studies is high-nutrient eating, removal of processed foods, and supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids.1 The difference between my approach and others is that it changes a poor diet into an excellent one, supplying an adequate amount of thousands of important nutrients that work synergistically as well as removing those noxious substances such as chemical additives, trans fat, saturated fats, and empty-calorie food that place a nutritional stress on our brain cells. I believe this comprehensive approach is more effective; the scientific literature suggests this, and I have observed this in my practice with hundreds of ADHD children who have see me as patients.
Certainly lends credence to getting off preservatives and other additives.
1. Breakey J. The role of diet and behavior in childhood. J Paediatr Child Health 1997;33(3):190-194. Schnoll R, Burshteyn D, Cea-Aravena J. Nutrition in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a neglected but important aspect. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 2003;28(1):63-75. Richardso AJ; Puri BK. A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effects of supplementation with highly unsaturated fatty acids on ADHD-related symptoms in children with specific learning difficulties. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiarty 2002;26(2):233-239. Kidd PM. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children: rationale for its integrative management. Altern Med Rev 2000;5(5):402-428.
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John - February 26, 2009 9:54 AM

So, scientists are now starting to scientifically prove what smart parents have known, or at least suspected for years, additives alter our kids behaviour and cause us harm. This is a huge issue. Corporations have been force feeding these chemicals to us in almost every type of food for a very long time. As awareness increases in the coming years we will see major change.

...and hopefully lawsuits against greedy food manufacturers.

Adam Dryden - April 21, 2010 5:26 AM

To John,
'Force feeding'? Smart parents have the influence on a childrens diet; if you're concerned then do not feed them to your children. Your assumption on 'additives' alter our kids behaviour is quiet wrong. The Southampton study suggested that a coctail of additives (colouring and 1 preservative) can induce ADHD.

Do not make assumptions for all additives when it's only a small amount

Nick - April 21, 2010 8:21 AM

Dude you so totaly right

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