Benefit Ensure

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Additives and Hyperactivity

Colour  Food  Additives   with  Hyperactivity
 Child shows signs of hyperactivity or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you should try to avoid giving your child the following artificial colours because this might help improve their behaviour.
  1. Sunset yellow
  2. Quinoline yellow
  3. Carmoisine
  4. Allura red
  5. Tartrazine
  6. Ponceau 
These colours are used in a number of foods, including soft drinks, sweets, cakes and ice cream.
When colours are used in food, they must be declared in the list of ingredients as ‘colour’, plus either their name or E number.( E110), (E104),(E122), (E129), (E102)and  4R (E124) If any of six colours listed above are in food or drink, the food label must also have a specific warning saying that the colour ‘may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children’.
If you choose to avoid certain additives, you can do this by checking the label. If you buy any foods that are sold without packaging you will need to check with the person selling the product or with the manufacturer.
The Agency is encouraging manufacturers to work towards finding alternatives to these colours. Some manufacturers and retailers have already taken action to remove them.

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