Artificial Food Colors And ADHD - Understand The Risk

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The Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children has increased considerably in the past half a century. Scientists widely suspect that some Artificial Food Colorings (AFCs) are a potential cause for this disorder. What scientists were suspecting all along was proven way back in 2007 in a Southampton survey, which concluded that found a link between food coloring and ADHD. The researchers who carried out the survey also submitted their report to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).


 


ADHD - Area of Concern


 


ADHD in children has remained an area of serious concern for the public health advocates. Now with research pointing at a link between this disorder and artificial food coloring, there is an increasing sense of unrest among public regarding the artificial food colors.


It was in 1975 that physician Ben Feingold had first indicated that consumption of synthetic colors was related to increase in H-LD (Hyperkinesis and learning disabilities). He wrote about his clinical experience: "I believe that it is more than suggestive that a relationship exists between H-LD and the artificial colors and flavors in our food." Since then, numerous studies have been carried out to reassure us that some AFCs do contribute to hyperactivity.


 


The Southampton Study


 


Shortly after the results of another such study appeared in 1997, the FSA commissioned a team of Southampton University to carry out further investigation. Unfortunately, not much was done by the concerned agency to ameliorate public fear regarding this issue, although this study, conducted over a decade managed to establish at least a doubt about the sinister relationship between AFCs and ADHD.


 


How To Avoid AFCs In Daily Life


 


  • Substitute soft drinks, fruit drinks, and fruit punches with 100% fruit juice.

  • Bake muffins, cakes, and cookies from scratch at home.

  • Avoid cereals with food dyes, e.g., Cap'n Crunch, Trix, Fruit Loops, and Apple Jacks.

  • Read the label on that bottle of barbecue sauce before you slather your ribs in it.

  • Gelatin mixes and Jell-O contain loads of artificial coloring and flavors. Make your own gelatin mix at home.


Although the above steps would definitely be helpful to avoid hyperactivity and related disorders among children, it would do you good as well to avoid the AFCs too.


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