Food Additives and Behaviour. By Barbara Clark and Jessica Cummins. What are food additives?. A food additive is any substance not commonly regarded as or used as food. Three Main Types → cosmetics (3, 640) → preservatives (63) → processing aids (91)
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By Barbara Clark and Jessica Cummins
→ cosmetics (3, 640)
→ preservatives (63)
→ processing aids (91)
Presently there are about 3, 794 different additives, totally over 200,000 tonnes per year
It is estimated that approximately 75% of the Western Diet is made up of processed foods with the average person consuming 8-10lbs per year.
→ poor tolerance to frustration
→ temper tantrums
→ difficulties with co-ordination
→ lability of mood
→ disabilities with both cognitive and learning functions
In the US prescription rates of drugs such as Ritalin and Prozac have increased even for very young children, in 1994 there were 3000 prescriptions for Prozac for babies under the age of 12 months
Children who are diagnosed as hyperactive (ADHD) tend to be extremely restless as babies, tend to reject contact or affection.
In a school setting they tend to be restless, inattentive, distractible and frequently display aggressive and anti-social tendencies and have a higher rate of drop-out and expulsion
They have tendencies to become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, a higher rate of motor vehicle accidents and run the risk of developing criminal tendencies
As adults and adolescents they use impulsive rather than reflective approaches to cognitive tasks, are easily distracted, generally emotionally immature, have poor self image and are frequently unable to maintain goals.Hyperactivity/Behavioural Disorders
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