The Role of Food Coloring in Improving Symptoms of Hyperactive Kids by ADDitude Magazine
Last week we discussed that studies have shown a link between artificial food dyes and allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer.
We posted the link to the "Smart Guide To Food Dyes: Buying foods that can help learning" by David Wallinga, M.D., Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Food and Health Program with things you can do to reduce the exposure to food dyes.
Then we reviewed The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children which helps eliminate synthetic additives including artificial colors.
Today we reference an article from a great magazine ADDitiude Living Well with Attention Deficit. The advice is from Laura Stevens from the December/January 2008 issue of ADDitude and can now be found on the ADDitude website. The author, Laura Stevens, is a food and nutrition researcher at Purdue University and author of Twelve Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child: Drug-Free Alternatives for Attention-Deficit Disorders.
Below is an edited summary of how to determine if chemical food dyes effect a child.
How do you know if food additives are compromising a child’s focus? Conduct a quick test at home.
1. For one week, avoid foods and drinks that list on their labels U.S. certified color Red #40, Blue #2, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow), as well as sodium benzoate.
2. Then ask: Does the child seem less fidgety?
3. After seven days, reintroduce food additives into his diet by squeezing a few drops of artificial food coloring — you know, the McCormick brand in the little plastic bottles — into a glass of water, and have the child drink it.
4. Observe his behavior for two or three hours. If you don’t see a change, have him drink a second glass. Does he become more hyperactive?
5. If so, wean the child off foods that are artificially dyed or flavored, or that contain sodium benzoate.
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Tomorrow: How to Wean Kids Off Foods with Artificial Dyes and Flavors
Do you think diet effects a child you care for with ADHD?