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Are Food Additives Making Kids Hyper?

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Posted on Sep 6, 2007
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Not so fast there, missy:  The British study claims that common food additives may cause problems among elementary school-aged kids.

It would seem a no-brainer, given the old “you are what you eat” adage, that those scary-sounding and clearly unnatural ingredients added to a wide range of foodstuffs might have some impact on children’s health.  A team of British researchers from the University of Southampton believes that could be the case.

New York Times:

It was the first time researchers conclusively and scientifically confirmed a link that had long been suspected by many parents. Numerous support groups for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have for years recommended removing such ingredients from diets, although experts have continued to debate the evidence.

But the new, carefully controlled study shows that some artificial additives increase hyperactivity and decrease attention span in a wide range of children, not just those for whom overactivity has been diagnosed as a learning problem.

The new research, which was financed by Britain’s Food Standards Agency and published online by the British medical journal The Lancet, presents regulators with a number of issues: Should foods containing preservatives and artificial colors carry warning labels? Should some additives be prohibited entirely? Should school cafeterias remove foods with additives?

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By tyler, September 7, 2007 at 10:31 am Link to this comment
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Easy Dr. Outraged, the point I was trying to make was exactly what you reitorated, that ADD is grossly over-diagnosed and over-prescribed.  Look up the word facetious, that was the manner in which i wrote.

Speaking of rich parents and poor parents, the point I was trying to make is that neglectful parents can be found at all income levels.

You ask how a person will know how good a parent they can be without actually becoming a parent.  I’m sorry, but that just sounds dumb.  Thats like saying a person wouldn’t know how good a pilot they could be without just hopping behind the controls of a plane and trying to fly it.

I come from a background where family and parenting are important and essential to healthy development. I just think there are certain things that one should do to prepare for parenthood, and if there are certain aspects in their life that would hinder their abilities to be a good parent, be it schedule or lifestyle or whatever, then they shouldn’t have kids.

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By boggs, September 7, 2007 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

The additives and all the ways the corporate farmers have come up with to give us less for more are absolutely responsible for a number of ailments from ADD to OBESITY to Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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By John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming, September 7, 2007 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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I suspect that food additives have bad effects on everyone.  It is almost impossible to prove it because there is such a crowd of additives in our food interacting with one another and with other foods with even more additives.

Most of these things are added for preservation or for flavoring - in other words for profit and for disguise.
They should be abolished unless a true non-profit reason can be found.

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By Skruff, September 7, 2007 at 5:46 am Link to this comment
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So it finally happened. After 30 years (back in the seventies folks suspected this link) the study that proves a link (however inconclusively) is here.  30 years ago Red Dye, Yellow Dye, and a host of other additives were thought to be contributors to “learning disabilities. 

Soon folks will figure out that children also need exercise, and that denying them activity by loading them up with homework from the third grade is counter productive.

Maybe someday we’ll even get back to a situation where the grown-ups act grown up, and the children can be children.

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By Margaret Currey, September 7, 2007 at 3:28 am Link to this comment
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I will not eat lettuce that is bagged up for the convience of working people, it might be fast but that is what the large chain grocery store want, bagged vegetables cuts down on the labor aspect but in getting lazzier and lazier and fatter and fatter.

I have long suspected that what the industry calles new and improved means more profit for the food industry, more profit mainly for the people at the top and the stock holders I wonder if the stock holders eat the food that represents the company I immagine not, the thing that really gets me going is the high furtose corn syrup, now the quality of the fruit juice is diminished to 10% and the artifical sweeterns and artifical flavors make food practically useless and the cereal manufacturers have taken the nutrients and replaced it with sugar which all kids love and we wonder why the kids are hyperactive while getting fat, if something does not give is there any hope for the future, some of this stuff has to be passed on.

I believe that fat parents tend to have fat children because they pass on their bad eating habits on to their kids.

The solution makes the doctors richer because they do a lot of business in stapling stomachs which help the vitiman manufacturers, because now the body will not asorb much nutrients from the stomach as nature indended, and then these people wonder why their hair is falling out which helps the wig manafacturers seems everything is about profit so much for the corporations, one wonders if these people have a soul?

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By Scott, September 6, 2007 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment

I only give my kids organic chocolate covered coffee beans.

Should foods containing preservatives and artificial colors carry warning labels? Should some additives be prohibited entirely? Should school cafeterias remove foods with additives?

Yes, these are all probably very good ideas.

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By sheila, September 6, 2007 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment
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After raising three kids, two older boys and seven years later a girl, my daughter had the horrible disease called migraines.  We had fed all three healthy kids junk food (not always but somewhat regularly) for many years.  My 12 year old daughter began experiencing migraines(classic, aura, vomitting, scream out loud headaches) three times a week.  We were freaked out.  Went to all sorts of doctors who did not have a clue. Went on the internet for a thousand hours of research.  The doctors recommended powerful medications.  The research recommended diet changes.  After three months of no preservatives, all organic meats, no caffeine, no fast food , no citrus, no soda, chocolate, etc.etc.  and co- enzyme q-10 which is a supplement, a rigorous sleeptime schedule. and tossing the maxalt she has reduced her magraines by 90 percent.  I hope I don’t jinx this.  Go to fruits and veges and organic meats.  If nothing else, it can’t hurt.

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By rowdy, September 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

parents give processed crap to their children because they eat the same shit themselves. i don’t even own a can opener. i haven’t eaten so called snack foods in 30 years. fast food is totally out of the question. i worry about the contaminants in the food i do eat. how much pesticide does that head of lettuce contain? how much antibiotic is in that steak or that piece of chicken? it is difficult to be a vegetarian,because the produce probably is from ADM,or some other agri-giant subsidized with my tax dollars. i eat mostly vegetables and fruit grown locally, by small farms. is there any real likelihood that i am eating healthier than those who buy prepared crap? unknown,but i do know what i am not eating. i’m not eating processed shit.

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By Outraged, September 6, 2007 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

RE: #98988 by tyler on 9/06

That is the most ill-informed explanation of ADD I have ever heard.  ADD is real.  In the U.S. it is grossly overdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  As for who should become a parent is not for you or anyone else to decide.  I was trying to disern just “who” you thought would be a “good parent”.  Let see rich people shouldn’t and poor people shouldn’t so I guess you think only the middle class should become parents and that’s IF they can “parent properly”.  But Tyler how will they KNOW they can “parent properly if they are not PARENTS.

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By tyler, September 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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Attention Deficit Disorder.  Think about the name of the disorder.  Where is the deficit in attention occuring?  Maybe at home?  If a kid is diagnosed with ADD, wouldn’t it make sense that the parent(s) give the child more attention? 

No, kids today are given a fast fix, wether its a pill, a happy meal, a video game, all of which don’t solve the problem, but make it easier for the PARENTS to cope with their ‘afflicted’ child.

To many people are having kids today that shouldn’t.  Wether its a couple with money that look at having kids as some sort of ‘status symbol’, or a poor single woman in a low income neighborhood who gets knocked up and doesn’t know who the dad is.

Bottom line, if you can’t parent a child properly, than don’t have kids.

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