The Scary Truth about Halloween Candy
Which do you think has the most chemicals in it – your local hardware store or your child’s bag of Halloween candy?
The answer may surprise you!
“Most Halloween candy is full of artificial dyes that are made from petroleum.” said Jane Hersey, National Director of the nonprofit Feingold Association, (http:// www.feingold.org/) which helps special needs children.
Studies from the United States, England, and Australia have linked these additives with hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention, and other behavioral problems in children.
“That’s why many teachers and parents consider the day after Halloween to be the worst day of the year,” said Hersey, a former teacher and Head Start consultant. “I call this phenomenon ‘Halloween Hangover.’”
A recent study from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine suggested that the dramatic rise in the number of children with ADHD may be due to increased consumption of these additives, as well as environmental factors.
According to this study, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD increased from 150,000 children in 1970 to 4.5 million in 2003. Meanwhile, domestic production of food dyes quadrupled between 1955 and 1998.
Hersey hopes that the United States government will eventually ban synthetic food dyes or at least require foods containing them to carry warning labels about their harmful effects on children’s behavior, as is now done in the European Union.
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