Artificial Food Additives Linked to Attention Deficit Disorder
Prior to the 1950's, the coloring of the nation's food supply was a simple process. If manufacturers wanted to add color to a food or candy it was done primarily with natural plant and vegetable based compounds. For example, pale red colors could be achieved from beets - green could be achieved from chlorophyll - yellows and orange could be achieved from extracts from a number of other plants and spices. However, after WWII, the chemical industry grew rapidly. In their attempts to increase sales - they saw the food industry as an excellent potential client.
Unfortunately, at that time there was no consideration given regarding what is now known as "behavioral toxicology," which includes the potential of a chemical compound to affect behavior, personality and learning ability. Even today, the FDA and EPA do not require detailed testing of chemicals for subtle effects on these neurological processes.
The original work by Dr. Feingold in 1970 often claimed 20-50% of children showed significant improvements in behavior following removal of artificial colors, flavors etc. from the child’s diet. Subsequent experiments by other researchers to determine the effectiveness of these claims were rarely as optimistic.. Previous experiments with food dye and behavior in school age children have focused primarily on one type of color at a time. Many of the follow up studies have not shown any definite link with diet and behavior, however a recent study (outlined below) observed major improvements in child behavior when a variety of synthetic and "problem" foods were eliminated from the child’s diet simultaneously
Regarding the observations of hyperactivity after exposure to food dyes, there was enough evidence for the researchers to conclude,
"Our results provide additional support for the belief that administration of food colorings may exert significant effects in the developing organism. Thus, it is apparent that food dyes affect activity levels during the first month of postnatal life."
Coca Cola and DOW were part/are part of "The Nutrition Foundation"!!!!
Oh man. Why am I googling this stuff today.
Excerpt from Behavior, Learning and Health
The Dietary Connection
BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisole
BHT Burylated Hydroxytoluene
TBHQ Tertiary Butylhydroquinone
Preservatives are used primarily to prevent fats from becoming rancid, allowing foods to have a longer "shelf-life". Most are not believed to be a health hazard, but the above three petroleum based preservatives have been found to trigger behavior and health problems."
Did you know that they spray the cereal bags inside the boxes with TBHQ and or BHT to help preserve the freshness of the cereal? If it is just a little bit, then they may not have to include the ingredient on their list of ingredients. The bread industry does the same thing.