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Food Additives and Hyperactivity
Do certain food additives worsen hyperactivity in kids with ADHD?
How To Spot Bad Food Additives For ADHD on Howcast
For years now, moms and natural health gurus have claimed that certain foods or food additives increase hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Is there any truth to these claims? The answer is a qualified “maybe.”
As yet, medical experts have found no evidence to support the idea that ingesting food additives will cause ADHD. However, more and more studies show that specific preservatives and food colorings may either worsen, or actually trigger symptoms of hyperactive behavior in at least some children. Because many of those studies looked at combinations of food additives and their effects on ADHD and hyperactivity, it’s difficult to know which specific additives are the true culprits.
The food additives that may worsen hyperactive behavior include:
1- FD&C Yellow No. 5 also known as “tartrazine”
2-FD&C Yellow No. 6, also known as “sunset yellow”
3-D&C Yellow No. 10 also known as “quinolone yellow”
4-FD%C Red No. 40 also known as “allura red”
Research suggests that the worst of the bunch is FD&C Yellow No. 5, which seems to be most likely to cause a reaction compared to the other additives on the above list. FD&C Yellow No. 5 is found in beverages, candies, ice creams, custards, and many other foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires this additive to be clearly marked on food labels and packaging along with the other ingredients listed.
No all food additives and colorings must be listed on food packaging, which can make it a chore to track down whether a particular food contains problematic ingredients. One good method for detecting the presence of additives is the color of the product. Any processed food that is brightly-colored should be assumed to contain at least one coloring agent/additive.
Experts still haven’t come to any conclusion on whether limiting specific foods might help stave off hyperactivity and symptoms of ADHD. But once you’re aware of the possible connection between diet and ADHD, you may be able to notice that certain foods seem to bring on a change in your child’s behavior. It can’t hurt to try eliminating those foods from your child’s diet to see if his/her behavior improves.
However, don’t put any drastic limits on your child’s diet without consulting your child’s physician. Any diet that cuts out whole food groups may end up putting your child’s health at risk, since your child may not be getting the nutrients and vitamins supplied by those foods. The best approach for any child’s wellbeing is a diet rich in nutrients and low in processed or sugary foods. Make sure your child’s diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, grains, and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats can be found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseed.
- How Additives Affect ADHD (brighthub.com)
- 9 Food Additives Possibly Linked To ADHD (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Can food additives affect ADHD? (cnn.com)
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