In their February 2008 edition of the American Academy of Pediatricians’ (AAP’s) journal Grand Rounds, the editors reviewed a solid British medical study of the behavioral effects of food additives. In the last sentence they write of a position they had held for 30 years:
“Thus, the overall findings of the study are clear and require that even we skeptics, who have long doubted parental claims of the effects of various foods on the behavior of their children, admit we might have been wrong.”
A summary of the AAP’s article, with links to the British study, is available here.
Even if your child does not have ADHD, the Feingold organization’s materials also indicate that by far the most common reaction to eating artificial preservatives, artificial flavors and food coloring is a tendency to get upset or angry too easily or out of proportion to the ostensible issue. Thinking even of a child who does not exhibit any noticeable problems: how many petrochemicals and neurotoxins would one want to feed them?