Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Are food additives to blame for hyperactivity in some children?

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There are a significant number of children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), to the point where some question if some kids are actually being misdiagnosed. Inattentiveness, irritability and even hyperactive behavior are not new phenomenons for children, although there may be a reason why the degree to which it now occurs is at an all-time high.

According to a double-blind study conducted at the Imperial College, London, kids who consumed products containing food coloring and the preservative sodium benzoate were more likely to be hyperactive than when they did not eat these foods (additives of this kind can typically be found in some fruit drinks and candies).

The researchers concede that more research still needs to be done before they can conclusively make this connection, though the current data seems to be pointing in this direction.

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