|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.