Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Study Results on Hyperactivity and Additives in Food

Health and Nutrition studies seem to be a dime a dozen, particulary since it seems to be common that a batch of studies may demonize a certain nutrional supplement while subsequent studies may castigate the methodology of the first batch and cite entirely different findings.

Just the same, I do the same thing everyone else does when they see an interesting headline attached to an article discussing...yet another new study.

This particular study, conducted at the University of Southampton, has found an adverse affect on children age 3 and children ages 8-9. The conclusion reached is that food additives contribute to hyperactivity. What types of food additives? Mainly preservative agents and food colorings.

If the study results pan out, I wouldn't be too surprised. Conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease are greatly fueled by diets that include highly processed foods. And doctors such as Perricone now point out that illnesses such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain may be linked to sweetening agents like aspartame and preservatives such as MSG.

We are what we eat. And for most of human history, and pre-history, humans did not eat the type of diet that most of us currently consume. It could simply be that evolution has not quite caught up with our modern diets and, in the interim, many of us will suffer healthwise as a result.

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