A new study from the United Kingdom has found that common food dyes as well as the food preservative sodium benzoate can increase hyperactivity in children. The study is so authoritative that the Food Standards Agency of Britain recently issued a statement advising parents to limit the intake of food additives to their children if there are any signs their behavior is affected.
The study showed that sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in soft drinks, fruit juices and salad dressings, can encourage hyperactivity (Sylvia Hubbard, "Study Shows Hyperactivity Linked to Diet," Newsmax.com, Sept. 24, 2007).
God made a plentiful variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cereals and dairy products to be enjoyed in moderation. Eating these and avoiding overly preserved and processed food is certainly a delicious way to help prevent hyperactivity.