ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Believe it or not, adults can be diagnosed as well. Some people do not have the hyperactivity characteristics and can be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The symptoms are:
*Makes careless mistakes
*Difficulty paying attention
*Doesn’t listen when spoken to directly
*Doesn’t follow through with directions
*Difficulty with organizing tasks and activities
*Fidgets with hands, feet,
*Blurts out answers
*Difficulty waiting turn
*Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Years ago when I was growing up these diagnoses were not heard of. So what happened? The food. Yes, changes in our food. The Feingold Association is committed to educating parents, children, and organizations on the dangers of food dyes, preservatives, and additives. They have done tons of research and share their concerns with the public. They are a non-profit organization.
The next time you are at the grocery store or you may have this at home, look at a box of Jell-o or any food with color in it. How many lemons do you think is used to make lemon Jell-o? Zero. Any snacks, candy, cereal, sodas, chips, etc. that has color in it contains food dye which is made out of petroleum, gasoline. Well, who can digest gasoline? This is what our children are consuming and it is too difficult for them to sit still and pay attention. Knowledge is power!
I can only ask that you read the labels carefully and be aware of food dyes: Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2, Green No. 3, Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6. They are so harmful to the body! Other countries have banned them because of the dangers. There is a list of side effects that the dyes, additives and preservatives can produce such as: migraines, asthma, digestive issues, hyperactivity, inattentive, aggression, depression, eczema, and violence to name a few.
The good news is that they are companies that make healthier snacks without the food color. I know your child, niece, nephew may love the Doritos or Cheetos but instead they can eat the baked chips which are healthier. Instead of the Gatorade and Powerade with dye give them water with electrolytes. Yes, it will take getting used to but do you want teachers calling you, your child on medication or for them to complain about the snacks. I think you would choose the latter.
Companies also add chemicals to food to make it taste better. But these chemicals are made in a lab and are not food. So they also are causing home. Please read the labels! I do. My rule is if I cannot pronounce the ingredients then I don’t buy it. I encouraged you to visit the www.feingold.org to learn more.
About Sonya Waddell
Sonya Waddell is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Atlanta, Ga. She is author of “Single Ladies: Living Holy in a Sexy World” (2011), which is available on Amazon.