Landmark research published in the Lancet involved giving 3-year olds and 8- and 9-year olds drinks that contained preservatives and colors similar to those used in commercial drinks and foods. A placebo was also used. Teachers and parents were then asked to evaluate the children’s hyperactivity and inattention without knowing which drink the child had been given.
The researchers found that the children who received the drinks containing the additives and preservatives were noticeably more hyperactive and had shorter attention spans.
In the United Kingdom, parents were are advised to read food labels when buying products for their children. The campaign group, the Food Commission, called on food manufacturers to “clean up their act” and voluntarily remove additives from their products.
The findings were not really surprising, as there have been other studies looking at the adverse affects of additives on ADHD and behavior. But we refer to it as landmark because this one actually received some significant attention from the media.
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