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Food Additives May Affect Kids' Hyperactivity

Food Coloring and Preservatives May Increase Hyperactivity in Children, but Evidence Not Conclusive

Finding a Diet to Fight Hyperactivity continued...

"There is a very big allergic component to hyperactivity where children who are hyperactive also have other types of allergic problems, such as eczema and asthma," Schnoll tells WebMD. "When you take them off these offending foods -- whether they're colorings, food additives, milk, dairy, or wheat -- it improves their allergic conditions, and also their hyperactivity improves."

In addition, Schnoll says not getting the proper balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can make children more susceptible to hyperactive behavior and other problems.

"We are getting too much of the trans fats and the omega-6 fatty acids from the plant oils and not enough of omega-3 fats that we find in walnuts, flaxseed, and fish," says Schnoll. "Not getting enough of these omega-3s can actually precipitate allergies and possibly hyperactive behavior."


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