Seriously – maybe I should cut down on all the crap food we eat. The following article is probably true for us Adults living with ADD. 🙂 Don’t I sound like a victim?  Personally, I’m proud of my ADD. It makes me who I am. HAHAHA!

But Claire just brought me a Peach Citrus Fresca and I LOVE them and she’s so nice to share my sodas with me, so I think we’ll pop it open and enjoy the fizz. But seriously – maybe it’s time I listen. I mean – my whole blogroll of friends, and then some, have been telling me for years the same stuff the the Psychiatrists and Psychologist have now determined to be true. (Read story below)

Imagine that. Scientific truth in Psychiatry and Psychology!! What a shocker! You mean hyper kids don’t need more applications of the rod beatings? They just need to drink water instead of Dr. Pepper!? Now who is the sinner who needs to repent? The child who can’t control his physiological response to stimulants or the adult who gave him the bad food to begin with?

That’s a hypothetical question, folks. There’s nothing SINFUL about drinking a soda. But there probably is a lot of truth behind giving kids too much sugar and preservatives to begin with.

Funny. I don’t think the Levitical Laws ever address carbonation and caffeine. I guess not ALL TRUTHS are found in the Bible even though everything in the Bible is Truth.


Hyper Kids? Cut Out Preservatives

Parents who suspect that artificial ingredients in food are affecting their children’s behavior can now point to some cold, hard proof. A carefully designed study released Thursday in The Lancet, a leading British medical journal, shows that a variety of common food dyes and the preservative sodium benzoate — an ingredient in many soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and other foods — causes some children to become more hyperactive and distractible than usual.

The research, led by Jim Stevenson, a professor of psychology at England’s University of Southampton, involved about 300 children in two age groups: 3-year-olds and 8- and 9-year-olds. Over three one-week periods, the children were randomly assigned to consume one of three fruit drinks daily: one contained the amount of dye and sodium benzoate typically found in a British child’s diet, a second drink had a lower concentration of the additives, and a third was additive-free. All the children spent a week drinking each of the three mixtures, which looked and tasted alike. During each weeklong period, teachers and parents, who did not know which drink the kids were getting, used a variety of standardized behavior-evaluation tools — some observational and one computer-based — to size up such qualities as restlessness, lack of concentration, fidgeting, and talking or interrupting too much.

Stevenson found that children in both age groups were significantly more hyperactive when drinking the stuff containing additives. Three-year-olds had a bigger response than the older kids to the lower dose of additives — roughly the same amount of food coloring as in two 2-oz. bags of candy. And, there were big individual differences in sensitivity. While the effects were not nearly so great as to cause full-blown ADHD, Stevenson nonetheless warns that “these adverse effects could affect the child’s ability to benefit from the experience of school.”

He notes that a separate pilot study found that kids can become more hyperactive within one hour of consuming food additives.

Very Very Interesting!