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Food Additives & Effects

“You put junk food into your child’s brain, you get back junk behavior, junk learning, and junk mood. It’s as simple as that!” – Dr. Sears

The easiest way to separate junk food from real food is to avoid foods containing artificial additives like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, numbers (e.g., Red #40), monosodium glutamate and aspartame. There is a growing body of literature that suggests these additives are not as benign as people have been led to believe. Artificial colors and additives have been linked to hyperactivity, allergies,, learning impairments, irritability and aggressiveness.

Before buying, look at the ingredient list.

If it contains a number or a word you can't pronounce, look for an alternative.

Looking for a way to get your child to crave more fruits and vegetables? Check out the Children's Health Study at

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