British researchers link food additives to behavioral problems

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies

Researchers in Britain have found a "definite link" between artificial additives with no nutritional value used in drinks, sweets, and processed foods to behavioral problems such as temper tantrums and poor concentration. The study also suggests a possible link between food additives and allergic reactions such as asthma and rashes.

This could be a potential wake-up call for the entire food industry, which could be forced to reformulate many popular children's food products by removing additives that could trigger such reactions. Vyvyan Howard, professor of bio-imaging at Ulster University said: "Parents can protect their children by avoiding foods containing the additives. I personally do not feed these sorts of foods to my 15-month-old daughter."

Britain already has laws banning such additives for foods designed for children under th age of one, and could easily extend the age affected by that ban. Most of the additives are simply used to brighten colors in the food. Those tested to produce the results above were artrazine (E102), ponceau 4R (E124), sunset yellow (E110), carmoisine (E122), quinoline yellow (E104) and allura red AC (E129). The researchers also looked at the preservative sodium benzoate (E211), a commonly additive in soda.

The complete results of the study aren't being published until a thorough peer review have been conducted.

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