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Hyperactivity and Food Connections

Hyperactivity and Food Connections

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You may be surprised to know that certain foods are associated with hyperactivity in children. Refined sugars and carbohydrates cause sudden rise and fall in the blood glucose which can activate adrenaline hormone in the body. High level of adrenaline can make your child more active.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Foods that Can Trigger Hyperactivity

Include fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. in your toddler’s diet. These foods can help stabilise blood glucose levels and may limit adrenaline rush.

Foods that are linked to increase hyperactive behaviour in children

Caffeine-containing drinks

High-sugar foods

Food additives

Food Colours and Hyperactivity

If your child seems to be hyperactive, avoiding certain food colours may help. These include:

Sunset yellow (E110)

Quinoline yellow (E104)

Carmoisine (E122)

Allura red (E129)

Tartrazine (E102)

Ponceau 4R (E124)

These colours are used in a number of foods, including cakes, sweets, ice-cream and cold drinks. You can avoid these colours by checking the food labels before buying. They may be mentioned as colours with their name and the E number. Although not practiced in India, manufactures abroad have to declare a warning saying that this may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children if any of the six colours are used in foods or drinks they supply.

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