|REINVENTING THE WHEEL|
"Food additives and hyperactive behavior in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial," Lancet 2007; 370(9598): 1560-7.
In the 1970's Dr. Feingold popularized the connection between artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and hyperactivity in children. Though naturopaths and other nutritionally trained physicians had been working with this for years, Dr. Feingold was the first MD. As such his work was ridiculed and made light of. Though the thousands of children that have been helped by these lifestyle changes cannot be denied.
This crossover trial looked at 297 children (153 3-year olds, 144 8-9 year olds). Consumption of artificial food colors and food additives was found to increase hyperactive behavior.
Children were randomized to consume a drink containing sodium benzoate and one of 2 artificial mixes, or a placebo. Results found that compared with placebo, each mix had significantly adverse effects on hyperactivity compared with placebo for both the 3-year olds and the 8-year olds. These results further confirm that consumption of foods containing artificial colors or sodium benzoate as a preservative increase the risk of hyperactivity among children.
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