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“We can hypothesize that it could be the caffeine, or that it could be the sugar,” Suglia said. “But we really don’t know for sure.”
It's not the sugar. It is the colouring agents!
In the EU foods with artificial dyes come with warning labels.
Personally, I can't consume anything with Yellow #5 aka Tartrazine. I get really bad muscle cramps to the point it could make my heart seize and really bad headaches.
Can food dye cause hyperactivity?
A study by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 showed that the
consumption of foods containing dyes could increase hyperactive behavior in
children. In the study of 3-, 8- and 9-year-olds, children were given three
different types of beverages to drink. Then their behavior was evaluated by
teachers and parents.
One of the drink mixtures contained artificial food colorings, including:
It also contained the preservative sodium
- Sunset yellow (E110)
- Carmoisine (E122)
- Tartrazine (E102)
- Ponceau 4R (E124)
benzoate. The second drink mixture included:
It also had sodium benzoate. The third drink mixture was a placebo and
- Quinoline yellow (E104)
- Allura red (E129)
- Sunset yellow
contained no additives.
The researchers found that hyperactive behavior by the 8- and 9-year-olds
increased with both the mixtures containing artificial coloring additives. The
hyperactive behavior of 3-year-olds increased with the first beverage but not
necessarily with the second. They concluded that the results show an adverse
effect on behavior after consumption of the food dyes.
During the past 50 years, the amount of chemical dye used in foods has increased by a whopping 500%. Could it be one of the causes of the alarming rise in child behavioral problems, aggression and ADHD? Studies show it’s a definite possibility. This article will help you to understand a little more about food dye, how it can negatively affect your child’s behavior and what you can do to fight back.
Symptoms of Food-Dye-Related Behavioral Problems
The type of behavioral problems caused by food dye will depend on the child. Common symptoms of food-dye-related behavioral problems are:
- Inability to Concentrate
- Learning Disabilities
- Insomnia (Which Contributes to Poor Behavior)
- Aggressive Behavior
- Frequent Crying Spells
These symptoms may also indicate a mental or physical illness and your child may be diagnosed as having one. However, before putting him or her on medication, which might cause unwanted side effects, take a closer look into food dyes first.
Food Dyes that Cause Child Behavioral Problems
So which food dyes should you be watching out for? While no petroleum-based food dye could possibly be considered healthy, these two food dyes have been particularly associated with child behavioral problems:
Red dye #40 has been most commonly associated with aggressive and impulsive behavior in children. Tantrums, hitting, kicking and swearing are common reactions in children sensitive to this dye. According to research, parents whose children consumed any food with this dye experienced a sudden and violent change in personality. When the dye was removed, the behavioral problems disappeared.
Yellow #5 is most commonly associated with insomnia, which can lead to behavioral problems. Hyperactivity and learning disabilities have also been associated with this food dye.
Aside from Red #40 and Yellow #5, there are dozens more food dyes that can contribute to child behavioral problems.
Sources of Food Dyes
So where are all of these behavior-altering food dyes coming from? Here is a short list of the common culprits:
- Breakfast Cereals
- Ice Cream
- Fruit Juice
- Gelatin Desserts
- Soft Drinks
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