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Food Colorings: Banned in Britain

Mar 03, 2012 04:30PM ● By Tina Jesson

In 2007, a study by Southampton University, found artificial food colors have been proven to link to hyperactivity in children. The colors, banned in the UK, are allowed in the United States and manufacturers continue to sell Yellow 5 and 6, Red 3 and 40, Blue 1 and 2, Green 3 and Orange B.

The Southampton researchers warned the additives were as harmful as lead in petrol, which was banned after it proved to lower children's IQ by five points. Their research, published in the medical journal ‘The Lancet’ in September 2007, was the evidence that artificial additives worsened the behavior of normal children as well as those diagnosed with ADHD.

The researchers believe that removing artificial colors from children's foods, including cakes, drinks and sweets, would bring significant health and social benefits. Thousands of children would avoid the blight on their education caused by hyperactive behavior, which can mean they are labeled slow and disruptive.

The Food Safety Agency (FSA), an independent department of the British Government, suggested there should be a voluntary ban by UK manufacturers by the end of 2009. The board also advises parents concerned by the Southampton study that they "might choose" not to give their children products containing the chemicals.

Tina Jesson is the owner of Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and produces baked goods, jams and preserves from original English recipes using local and organic ingredients with no artificial colourings or preservatives. Connect at 317-858-4345.
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