Artificial Additives and Hyperactivity – the Ban

The Food Standards Agency recently called for a ban of 6 artificial additives which have been linked to hyperactivity in children. Hoo-flippin—ray. At long last! I remember when I first started in the health food trade 20 years ago this supposed ‘myth’ about additives and children’s behaviour was around then. A study by Southampton in 2007 finally put the tin lid on it and convinced the FSA.


The additives in question are E102 Tartrazine, E104 Quinoline Yellow), E110 Sunset Yellow, E122 Carmoisine, E124 Ponceau 4R, E129 Allura Red and E211 Sodium Benzoate. lists over 1000 products that contain one or more of these and other questionable additives if you would like a look. In the meantime, here are some of the foods you should watch out for. Cadburys Crème Egg, Swizzels Matlow Bumper Bag, Hartleys Jellies, Fanta Fruit Twist, Irn Bru, M&Ms, Galaxy Minstrels, Woolworths Mini Cookies, Haribo Micro Mix.

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