Food Coloring and Preservatives – Cause of ADHD

Putting unnatural things in the food that we consume in most cases is not very good for the health of our body and brain. There may be guidelines and rules that have been put in place and exist in regards to what can go into our food but are these guidelines truly good enough. There has been evidence that preservatives and food coloring have been potentially causing health issues as well as psychological issues. For some time now food additives have been a possible cause for concern.

BHT or Butylated Hydroxytoluene can be found in many food products and packaging just like in the packaging of this particular Post product.

Researchers in the 1970s found that preservatives, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), triggered reactions that caused hyperactive behavior calling it a hyperkinetic syndrome. It is known that artificial food colors can be harsh on our body and our brain. Human brains and nervous systems sometime negatively respond which in turn can produce learning disabilities and behavioral issues. Recent research by Bateman et al. (2004) in the Disabled Child looked at overactive behavior. Their work looked at food colorings and benzoate preservative.  The goal of the study was to figure whether artificial food colorings and a preservative in meals of 3 year old children in the English population modified hyperactive behavior. The researchers did find changes in the children based on food coloring. The results suggested there may be reactions that look like symptoms of ADHD in some of these children and they might benefit if these items were removed from their diet.

 

 

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