Food CHAOS: “Colorful” additives negatively influence children’s behavior, study warns

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food-dyes-linked-to-autism(NaturalHealth365)  If you are a parent of a child, tween, or teen who has ADHD or autism, it is important to remember that there is no reason to feel ashamed.  The prevalence of autism and ADHD has been increasing, and this is being attributed, in part, to the shift from interpersonal interactions and traditional books to screen-based interactions and digital learning.  Of course, the massive increase in toxic childhood shots and processed foods are also to blame, as well.

According to the CDC, the current statistics show that one in every 36 children has autism, a significant increase from the previous figure of one in 44 children in 2021 and even more so from one in 110 children in 2006.  This raises the question of what factors contribute to this rise in autism and ADHD.

For example, some studies suggest that certain food dyes may be having a horrible influence on childhood behavior.

Study links food dyes to abnormal child behavior

Sadly, Skittles, M&Ms, and jelly beans are some treats that too many children eat.  However, it is important to know that these sweets may have effects beyond simply satisfying your child’s hunger cravings.  Many studies suggest that foods and beverages containing red dye 40 can negatively impact child behavior.  Furthermore, Allura Red AC dye exposure in factory settings has been linked to behavioral and health problems.

Red dye is not only found in food and drink but is also used in certain drug products and cosmetics that are applied directly to the skin.  Allura Red AC, while providing an appealing tint, is actually an acid of the naphthalenesulfonic type.  Examples of food items that may contain red dye include candy, jellies, jams, bakery products, sauces, and more.

Looking to eliminate your child’s behavioral disorder?  Consider the diet first

If your child exhibits a short attention span, is on the autism spectrum, or frequently displays challenging behavior, simply reducing screen time and increasing physical activity may not be enough.  It might be beneficial to consider a modified diet that eliminates foods and beverages containing red dye 40.  A review conducted by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment analyzed numerous clinical trials that investigated the effects of synthetic food dyes, specifically red dye 40, on children’s neurobehavioral outcomes.

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The review encompassed over two dozen clinical trials involving children exposed to synthetic food dyes.  The findings revealed that nearly two-thirds of these studies identified evidence of a causal relationship between food dyes and negative behavioral outcomes.  Additionally, slightly over half of the studies reported a statistically significant association between exposure to food dyes and behavioral effects.  It is worth noting that an in-depth review of food dye studies also demonstrates a causal relationship between their use and adverse neurobehavioral effects in laboratory animals.

Considering the available research, eliminating the amount of food containing dyes, processed (sugary) ingredients and synthetic hormones or antibiotics found in most conventionally produced meat and dairy products would be a wise choice.  All of these food products tend to damage gut function – which has a direct impact on your child’s brain development.  Naturally, improving the diet will also be good for the adults in the family, as well.

For more serious health issues, get help by consulting with an experienced (holistic) healthcare provider or health coach to support your lifestyle decisions.

Choose a healthier path: Opt for organic and natural alternatives

To be clear, when it comes to resolving ADHD or autism issues, improving the diet will have a positive influence on your child’s behavior.  When the “wrong” food is eliminated, you should notice a positive difference within a very short period of time.  Think about it: how fast does a child get “hyper” when eating a high sugar food product?  Well, replacing those sugary foods with healthier food choices will produce a much more balanced and stable mood, within days!

To support your child’s well-being, it is wise to rethink the contents of your shopping cart.  Instead of processed foods and prepackaged beverages laden with artificial additives, consider embracing a diet centered around organic fruits and vegetables.  Make delicious (fresh) juices and smoothies at home with your family and make it fun!

By bypassing sugary sports drinks, sodas, and energy drinks and instead opting for water and organic juices free from food dye, you will make a positive impact on your child’s health.

By prioritizing organic, natural foods and removing processed foods and beverages containing unwanted additives, you’ll provide the foundation for improved behavior and a better attention span for learning.   Just remember to stay committed, be consistent and keep a positive attitude for best results.

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