Do the ingredients in our food really matter?
“You put junk food into your child’s brain, you get back junk behavior, junk learning, and junk mood. It’s as simple as that!” – Dr. Sears
The easiest way to separate junk food from real food is to avoid foods containing artificial additives like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, numbers (e.g., Red #40), monosodium glutamate and aspartame.
These articles pertain to the benefits of a healthy diet – that which contains whole, fresh, natural, real food – and the implications of a diet containing additives and artificial ingredients.
Source: April Fulton- March 30, 2011
FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Kids' Behavior
"...A 2007 British study known as the Southampton study has become something of a flashpoint in the current debate. In it, 3 and 8yearolds were given two kinds of drinks that contained a mix of dyes. Afterward, parents reported a significant increase in hyperactivity. But teachers and independent observers didn't, critics say. Also, because the dyes were mixed together, it's hard to tell which might be causing a problem. "It gives you pause, but it's certainly not convincing evidence that there's a problem," says Julie Miller Jones, professor emeritus of nutrition at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
But Adesman, the pediatrician, says if parents are concerned, there is no harm in cutting out food dyes if they can manage it. "We're not putting food coloring into broccoli or other fresh fruits and vegetables. It's going into processed foods, concentrated sweets, things like that," Adesman says."
The advice Dr.Sears gives is when in doubt leave it out. The science is still out, but we know enough to know that these are not naturally occurring and potentially have negative side effects on our health.