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A link between food additives and ADHD in children

This is an article that I posted on my fb page some time back. The research is from who is a group of nutritional experts here in Norway.

Since I was a teenager I have been allergic to certain E additives. So I think this is a very interesting topic. Earlier I’ve written about: “Artificial food coloring; Why avoid it“.

Additives are used in our food for several different reasons, and serves mainly as a preservative, antioxidants, taste enhancer and food  coloring.  Some are useful, but some of them only has a “cosmetic function”, meaning: to make the food look good.  There is a big range of un necessary additives  in foods that main target area are kids, and some of these effects, and gives kids ADHD like behavior.

In 2007 there was a study that got published in Great Britain, that led to that the Food Standard Agency went out and warned parents about additives in their children’s food.  In the study the children was drinking a mixture of the different “AZO-additives” E100, E122, E102, E124, E129 and the preservative natriumbenzoat. The amount that the children in the study group drank was equal to  the amount they would get through normal food. Based on the observation of the children after  drinking the mixture, was parents with children that already had shown signs of  ADHD recommended NOT to include these additives in their diet. As it promotes the ADHD even more.

Of these tested “AZO-additives” most of them are already prohibited here in Norway, but there is still some candy in the Norwegian market that contains illegal additives. Many of the additives in the same “AZO-group” is still aloud in EU and in Norway. Ice cream, dessert, sugary treats, gum, caviar, and baking goods are some things that contains these additives. Natriumbenzoat on the other hand is one of the most used additives in Norway, and is found in most things.

With children that have ADHD food can have a medical purpose.  There has been done many studies that documents the positive effects on concentration and impulsive behavior when taking supplements with essential omega-fatty acids amongst children with ADHD. The connection is that children with ADHD has a lower concentration of  omega-fatty acids, and therefor has a bigger need for these.

In Great Britain there has been established a new campaign ” Action on Additives”.  The campaigns main goal is to expose all the products that contains additives that has shown to effect ADHD amongst children.


Food additives and hyperactive behavior

Action on Additives

Essential fatty acid

Link between  fatty acids and ADHD

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