Food additives are chemicals that keep foods fresh or enhance their color, flavor or texture.
Some people are hypersensitive to these and may have an instant reaction to it; like diarrhea or hives but often additives in small quantities are harmless to adults. But it’s an entirely different story for children.
In a new article published in the August 2018 issue of Pediatrics, the AAP describes how food additives can negatively impact and interfere with a child’s hormones, growth and development, potentially causing consequences as wide-ranging as infertility, obesity, cardiovascular disease and decreased immunity.
The thing is a number of these substances are related very closely to transmitter substances in the brain, which is the way nerve cells talk to each other. Due to their similarity, it confuses the brain and impairs brain functions.
There are over 1000 additives present today and it is difficult to research all of them in interactions with each other. Researchers are seeing drastic changes in the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in children which is the main cause of behavioral problems and learning issues.