Additives in snacks and sweets can affect children's health: study

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London, Dec 17 (UNI) Cookies, biscuits, pastries and sandwiches must be mouth watering for your kids but little known is the fact that additives in these snacks can adversely affect your child's health and also cause behavioural problems.

According to a research, the suspected additives found in these kind of snack foods and sweets can cause allergies, asthma, hyperactivity and rashes in children.

The study conducted by scientists from Southampton University, UK, found artificial colours had significant adverse effects on children.

In fact, they tested additives in sweets, ice cream and biscuits and found youngsters had difficulty sitting still and concentrating after eating.

The colours, tested on groups of three-year-olds and nine-year-olds, were tartazine (102), ponceau 4R ( 124), sunset yellow (110), carmoisine (122), quinoline yellow (104) and allura red AC (129) and preservative sodium benzoate (211).

Supporting the findings, Food Intolerance Network founder Sue Dengate said the additives could be the reason why some children suffer severe behavioural problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

''There is no need for these additives, we have been calling for a long time for them to be removed.'' she said.

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