|June 3, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: New research connects
food additives such as colorings and preservatives to
behavioral problems in children. According to a new study
conducted by British scientists, children who consumed
a daily dose of 20 milligrams of food coloring and 45
milligrams of sodium benzoate, a food preservative, were
noticeably more hyperactive after the three week trial.
The study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood
was conducted on 277 three-year-olds over four weeks.
During the first week, their diet contained no additives.
During the next three weeks, food coloring and sodium
benzoate were secretly added to the children’s
Parents said additive-consuming children were calmer
than usual the first week and the opposite for the following
three weeks. The number of children classified as hyperactive
fell to 6% from 15% with the change in diet.