Food Additives Linked to Behavior Problems in Children

May 11, 2007

A study conducted by the UK’s government Food Standards Agency (FSA) found a definite link between food additives and behavior problems in children, such as temper tantrums and poor concentration. Food colorings and one preservative were tested on 3 year olds and 9 year olds. The culprits are tartrazine (E102), ponceau 4R (E124), sunset yellow (E110), carmoisine (E122), quinoline yellow (E104), allura red AC (E129), and the preservative sodium benzoate (E211).

Several individuals and organizations have been been campaining against artificial additives in children’s foods, including the founder of Organix, Lizzie Vann, quoted in the UK Daily Mail:

“The use of artificial additives in children’s foods means we are conducting a long-term experiment on our children’s health,” she said.

“If the Government is serious about improving children’s nutrition the ban on artificial food additives must be a priority.”

She has aptly suggested that even though our current research is based on short term study, if the additives are not banned, there will be long term evidence from the general population.

An adviser to the FSA, Vyvyan Howard, a professor of bio-imaging at Ulster University and a father, also thinks these additives should be banned:

“It is the right thing to do to remove these additives from children’s foods. They have no nutritional value, so why put them in?

“There are very tight restrictions banning these additives from foods designed for children under the age of one.

“But why stop there? Children’s brains and nervous systems are developing beyond the age of one.”

In fact, contrary to what you may have learned, adults do develop new brain cells in a process called neurogenesis; So developing children over the age of one can safely include adults.

Fortunately, some companies have changed without force, including the makers of Smarties who dropped all food coloring even resulting in the absence of the blue variety in their famous rolls.



5 Responses to “Food Additives Linked to Behavior Problems in Children”

  1. jenni Says:

    why can’t you just publish all of the data from the studies?
    i need it for coursework
    and i keep getting the basic overall views
    and nothing i can actually use to get a good mark
    this is really annoying
    can’t you link to where you get your information?!!?

  2. jenni:

    I’m sorry you are having trouble, but I did link the sites. I used embedded links. You can click on the quotes to go to the other sites. Good luck!

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  4. I was just wondering why they would need to put food coloring and preservatives on children food since it would effect their memory development and causes behavioral problems. Parents should be aware of this causes on children temperament and it’s a good thing that I made some research and been aware of some of its causes.

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