Magazine article Work & Family Life

British Study on Diet and Hyperactivity

Magazine article Work & Family Life

British Study on Diet and Hyperactivity

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Parents who said their kids went a little bonkers after eating foods with a lot of artificial ingredients or bright colors have been pooh-poohed by the food industry and some researchers in the past. Now a new report published in the British journal Lancet suggests that the parents sized up the situation correctly.

In a carefully designed study at England's University of Southampton, 300 children in two age groups (3s and 8-9s) consumed one of three fruit drinks daily. One contained the amount of food dye and sodium benzoate typically found in a British child's diet. The second contained a lower concentration of those food additives and the third was free of additives.

Over three seven-day periods, teachers, parents and graduate students (who did not know which drink the children were getting) used standardized evaluation tools to measure the kids' concentration, restlessness, fidgeting and talking or interrupting too much. …

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