The Reason Kids Go Crazy ASF after indulging on Halloween Candies
There is a common belief that every parent typically have every year post Halloween. It’s called the “Halloween Effect”. Let’s put this in a scenario: your kid comes home with his or her bag filled with an assortment of treats. Rather than have one piece of candy, they indulge in several and now you are left with a hyperactive child ready to bounce from one side of the bed to the next.
As a nutritional alternative, some parents tend to replace it with a healthier version of the snack. It is typically labeled with things like: sugar-free, gluten-free, low-fat or low calorie snacks. These items are usually strikingly packaged and come in an array of artificial colors and flavors. Even though the intentions are to raise healthy children, being mindful of the catchy “healthy” label is crucial towards developing healthy habits.
Interestingly enough, it is not the sugar that keeps these kids bouncing off the Richter scale. A twelve double-blind study using placebo has identified that sugar failed to show any effect on kids’ behavior including those with and without ADHD. It turns out that the artificial colors are the culprits of a diabolical trick in innocent treat.
So how do you spot these ingredients? Read the nutritional label typically towards the end of the ingredients list. Artificial colors are labeled as the color, number or # and a numerical value.
Alarmingly, these additives are regulated and approved by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for use in the United States. These colors include and are not limited to:
Blue no. 1
Blue no. 2
Green no. 3
Yellow no. 5
Red no. 3
Red no. 40b
There are two other colors that are approved but are for specific use these include: Orange B and Red no. 2.
Even with more than 35 years of conclusive research as evidence, food additives are still marked as safe and have been linked to hyperactivity and aggression in children.
Dr. Benjamin Feingold, a pediatric allergist, proposed in 1973 that learning problems and hyperactivity are linked to the food additives and certain foods. In a recent study conducted in 2004 and 2007, the research demonstrated and solidified his original work linking hyperactivity in children to artificial food coloring.
How does artificial food coloring alter behaviors? One possible method is its ability to drain zinc from the body. Zinc is an integral mineral that is needed for proper brain function. Lower level of zinc is common among children who suffer with ADHD and may explain why hyperactivity is present among children who consume artificial food coloring and additives regularly.
Our neighbors in Europe have requested that food manufacturers avoid the additives and use natural food flavors and colors instead. In addition, they requested that manufacturers eliminate the use of artificial food colorings from beverages and foods.
Here in the States, petitions have been forwarded to the FDA to review the evidence. Despite the obvious data, the FDA has requested that further research would be needed before a statement can be addressed.
While I wouldn’t hold my breath for it, what can parents do to protect the health of their child? Read labels and buy something else. Most health supermarket stores offer a selection of organic and toxic-free candies or just make your own. No tricks, just treats.