Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity In Young Children

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Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity In Young Children My paper compared a New York Times article of September 6, 2007 entitled “Some Food Additives Raise Hyperactivity, Study Finds” by Elisabeth Rosenthal, with an article from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published in December 1980 entitled “Dietary correlates of hyperactive behavior in children” by Ronald J. Prinz, William A. Roberts, and Elaine Hantman. The New York Times article is about the relativity between foods containing additives and colorings and hyperactivity among children. Researchers have concluded that foods containing additives and colorings increase hyperactivity and decrease attention span in children. Researchers believe that parents should watch the effects certain foods have on their children and to adjust their diet accordingly. Hyperactivity can make learning difficult for children. On the other hand, pediatricians think that lowering foods with additives and colorings from children’s diets can affect them in other ways. It is clear that other research needs to be done with this particular study. For example, some children may be more tolerant to such foods than other children. The article summarizes an experiment that was done in Britain. Researchers selected several hundred children that were the ages 3 years old and 9 years old. They tested them for six weeks. Researchers gave these participants drinks with coloring and sodium benzoate (a common preservative). Their diets were controlled so that they could not get any other source of additives. Furthermore, a control group was given an additive-free placebo drink. This drink looked and tasted the same as the drink given to the group with the additives. The participants in both groups were evaluated based through a computer test. The researchers nor the teachers or parents knew who drank what drink. They were
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evaluated on attention span and hyperactivity. Results showed that all of the children who consumed the drink with additives had increased hyperactivity and decreased attention span. This article tells the reader that additive consumption needs to be controlled to a minimum in order for children to perform to their highest capabilities in school and at home. The journal article was very similar to the New York Times article. The scientists proposed that foods with additives increased certain behaviors in hyperactive children. In this experiment, they focused on sugar. The children’s ages ranged from four years old to seven years old. Also, the control group was made up of the children that did not suffer from hyperactivity. The control group was made up of the same number of children
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2010 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Giza during the Spring '08 term at Monmouth University-West Long Branch.

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