Is this really a surprise? It shouldn’t be.
The connection between food additives and behavior was noted more than 30 years ago by an allergist, Ben Feingold. He also hypothesized certain children were sensitive to foods with salicylates, compounds similar to aspirin. He recommended trying an elimination diet and documented hundreds of case studies in which behavior improved.
Although rigorous research on the Feingold program is lacking, current research is substantiating many aspects of it. Fervent believers in Feingold’s methods support and manage the nonprofit Feingold Association. (www.feingold.org). In addition to salicylates, The Feingold Program recommends eliminating from the diet: all artificial (synthetic) colors, listed on the label as “food coloring”, “color added” or by its FDA number, like FD&C Yellow #5 or FD&C Red #40 (both used in the Lancet study); artificial flavors listed as “flavoring” or “artificial flavoring” or artificial vanilla (vanillin); aspartame (an artificial sweetener); and three preservatives, BHA, BHT, and TBHQ – already removed from most food for children in the U.K.
Our food industry is very aware of the toxins our children eat everyday. It is up to the consumer to eat smart, stop eating on the cheap and stop eating all of the over processed for profit crap. This isn’t a new concept or issue, it is just the overwhelming negative affects are demanding our attention.