The University of Southhampton has released a study that showed that:
Tests on more than 300 children showed significant differences in their behavior when they drank fruit drinks spiked with a mixture of food colorings and preservatives, Jim Stevenson and colleagues at the University of Southampton said.
"These findings show that adverse effects are not just seen in children with extreme hyperactivity (such as ADHD) but can also be seen in the general population and across the range of severities of hyperactivity," the researchers wrote in their study, published in the Lancet medical journal.
It seems to me that this is somewhat old news (although the study isn’t) and that, for many years, people who have ceased drinking soft drinks or feeding them to their children have found the same kinds of results. However, that fact would seem to validate the study, and vice-versa. But good on them for conducting the study; ignoring issues doesn’t change facts, whether they’re recognized as facts or not.
Of course, the article goes on to say:
The issue of whether food additives can affect children’s behavior has been controversial for decades.
No doubt it’s controversial. We’ve had these products on supermarket shelves for decades; we’ve been bombarded with commercials showing healthy, active young people drinking soft drinks and flipping through the air on snow boards â€” these types of drinks have been touted as a natural part of the “good life”.
And yet, you know, the fantastic rise in hyperactivity over the past decades would seem to tell us that there’s a problem somewhere. Facts are pesky, aren’t they?
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