FOOD CHEMICALS: ADVERSE REACTIONS LINKED with FOOD COLORINGS/DYES*
“A study published in The Lancet in 2007 found that certain food additives, like the preservative sodium benzoate and colorings, can actually increase hyperactivity in children. “The finding lends strong support for the case that food additives exacerbate hyperactive behaviors (inattention, impulsivity and overactivity) at least into middle childhood,” the researchers wrote.”
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series
“As with many food additives, this American [food] industry has annual revenues of about $1.4 billion. Approximately 10,000 new processed food products are introduced every year in the United States. Almost all of them require additives not required by the FDA to be explicitly named in all ingredient lists, and may sometimes be represented under “natural coloring” or “added coloring.” It has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.”
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps
FOOD COLORINGS AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS in CHILDREN
Crusade Against Food Coloring Unveiled
“One of the best resources for information about child behavior and food additives is the Feingold Association. Dr. Ben F. Feingold was an eminent pediatrician and allergist, and was Chief of Allergy at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. As early as 1968, he was publishing articles about the dangers of food additives, and making their connection to learning disabilities. Today the Feingold Association guides families of children with behavioral and learning challenges toward a diet free of artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives.
Their website, www.feingold.org, offers a wealth of information and FDA research about the carcinogenic and behavioral side effects of these petro-chemical based food additives. The organization supplies families with shopping guides so that they can navigate their way down the aisles of conventional grocery stores to avoid these chemicals. One thing Feingold stresses is that these additives are not only found in food. They are in many toothpastes, bubblebaths, shampoos, and soaps. Kids who are sensitive to food coloring in food will also react to it topically… Just some of the behavioral, health and psychological symptoms that the Feingold diet can help are: insomnia, frequent crying, asthma, hyperactivity, depression, eczema, sensory integration disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities.”
*For information on findings from several decades of international scientific studies examining the link between food coloring/dyes and adverse reactions (including breathing difficulties, asthma attacks, headaches, depression, edema, anxiety, skin reactions, insomnia, etc.) please search our blog archives.