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We all know sweets have an effect on us, especially on kids.  It’s something we joke about and prepare for after watching children go wild gobbling them up, only to prepare for their crash.  While it’s completely socially acceptable and relished to indulge in sweets, the body is getting a lot more to deal with than we expect.

Given our current epidemic diagnosis of ADD, ADHD (over 5 million) and other sensory processing disorders (1 in 20) in the US we ought to consider what’s going into our children today.  And these are just a few of the problems…

RED 3 Candy, Desserts, Baked Goods 241,265 260,851 Thyroid tumors
FDA tried & failed to ban it
RED 40 Beverages, Candy, Desserts, Pet Food 2,630,578 6,541,368 Lymphomas
(lymph tumors)
Banned in
(European Economic Community)
BLUE 1 Beverage, Candy, Baked Goods 260,417 1,802,634 Chromosomal
Banned in France,
BLUE 2 Pet Foods, Candy, Beverages 101,223 642,246 Brain tumors Banned in Norway
(pending FDA hearing)
GREEN 3 Beverages, Candy 3,597 13,747 Bladder tumors Banned in
YELLOW 5 Pet Food, Beverages, Baked Goods 1,620,540 4,231,420 Allergies, Thyroid tumors, Lymphocytic lymphomas, Chromosomal
Banned in Norway
YELLOW 6 Beverages, Candy, Desserts, Sausage 1,530,050 4,156,408 Allergies, Kidney tumors, Chromosomal
Banned in Norway,
    Total 6,392,670 17,648,674 Since the 1985 effort to
ban them, their use has
INCREASED 300%. Are you
very surprised we are losing
the “war on cancer?”

Excerpt taken from the report, “Diet, ADHD & Behavior, A Quarter-Century Review”:

Following more than two decades of research on food dyes and hyperactivity, an important 2004 meta-analysis concluded that
“our results strongly suggest an association between ingestion of [synthetic food dyes] and hyperactivity.”1
The most important new research was funded by the British government. Those two studies, unlike previous ones, involved a cross-section
of young children instead of children selected because their parents suspected their behavior was impaired by food ingredients. In one of the studies, University of Southampton researchers tested two mixtures of several food dyes (some of which are used in the United States), as well as a placebo, over a six-week period.2 (The preservative sodium benzoate
was also included, though there was no reason to think it affected behavior.) The study involved 153 3-year-olds and 144 children 8 to 9. One of the two mixtures significantly affected the younger children, while both mixtures adversely affected older children who consumed the additives as directed. The researchers’ concluded that “Artificial colours or a sodium benzoate preservative (or both) in the diet result in increased hyperactivity in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the general population.”
The editors of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal, AAP Grand Rounds, stated: “Thus, the overall findings of the study are clear and require that even we skeptics, who have long doubted parental claims of the effects of various foods on the behavior of their children, admit we might have been wrong.”3

1. Schab DW, Trinh N-H T. “Do artificial food colorings promote
hyperactivity in children with hyperactive syndromes?” A meta-analysis
of double-blind placebo-controlled trials. J Dev Behav Pediatr.
2. McCann D, Barrett A, Cooper A, et al. “Food additives and
hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the
community: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.”
Lancet. 2007 Nov 3;370:1560-7.
3. Editor’s note in Schonwald A. “ADHD and food additives revisited.”
AAP Grand Rounds. 2008;19:17.

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